NEIL LENNON confirmed he wants to sign Celtic’s on-loan keeper Scott Bain on a permanent deal with Hibs in the summer – as Scotzine reported on Tuesday.

Hoops gaffer Brendan Rodgers was impressed by the 26-year-old shotstopper during his surprise debut in the 3-2 win over Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday.

Bain, who is out of contract at parent club Dundee in June, was brought in by the Irishman as emergency cover for Craig Gordon who was ruled out for 12 weeks after injuring his knee in the 1-0 win over the Easter Road side on January 27.

The Edinburgh-born goalie joined Lennon’s team on a temporary deal on January 1 following a dressing room bust-up with Tayside manager Neil McCann that abruptly ended his three-year career at Dens Park.

However, Bain completed a switch to Parkhead on transfer deadline day, without playing a game for the Leith men.

The switch was arranged to accommodate a loan move for Celtic midfielder Scott Allan to Edinburgh after his five-month spell at Dundee.

Lennon revealed: “There is an interest and we made sure Scotty realised that before he left us.

“Even in the short time he was here, we were very impressed with the way he was around the place and his attitude in training and the attributes he has.

“It was good to see him play well on Sunday. It was a great experience for him and he handled the occasion very well.

“He looked very assured and he had a bit of luck, if you want to call it that, at the end, and he recovered well from the Alfredo Morelos rebound. For an Old Firm debut, it was very good.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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