SCOTT BAIN is looking forward to a medal haul after signing a four-year deal with Celtic this week.

The on-loan Dundee keeper impressed Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers after his eleventh-hour January loan switch from Hibs.

The agreement with the champions comes in the same season he was frozen out by Dens Park boss Neil McCann following a dressing-room incident after a game against Hamilton Accies in October that is still shrouded in mystery.

Bain, 26, asserted “both parties got what they deserved” following his incredible topsy-turvy season.

He said: “I don’t think I’ll ever thank him [McCann] for what was going on.

“The two parties probably got what they deserved out of what was going on at Dundee. Me sitting here and them finishing a mediocre season.

“It’s been a mad season. It happens all the time in football. I wouldn’t even call it a disagreement. I didn’t have a disagreement with anyone.

“But whatever went on, the manager wants you out of the door and wants you not to do well.

“You just have to stick by your guns and say you do not want to be treated that way.

“I knew something would come up in January. I knew with my ability that someone would want me as part of their team and I am grateful to Hibs that they wanted me and then again that Neil Lennon let me come and have this opportunity.

“I can look back and have a laugh about it, but you know that you are going to come through it.

“Like I said, all parties got what they deserved.”

Bain admitted: “The manager here has taken me to another level already with his backing, with his coaching and with his belief in me and knowing that I can come into this club and can do a job for him whenever I am called upon. With me being here for another four years, the only way is up for me.

“If you had told me at the start of the season that I was going to finish the season as a league winner and contributing, as little as it was to winning the league and potentially playing in a Scottish Cup Final, I would have said you were mad.

“But I think every game at this club is special. There are no easy games or games where you can take your foot off the gas because everyone wants to beat you. If I can play, it is going to be an amazing end to an amazing season. But, if not, it is a case of being there to push Craig on and push the rest of the team on.”

The shotstopper is likely to make his seventh appearance for th champions against Aberdeen at Parkhead tomorrow afternoon, but that will not be enough for a medal. It is something the club can address it if they wish to request additional badges for players.

However, Bain, who was released by Aberdeen earlier in his career, said: “We’ll see. I will just be happy to enjoy tomorrow, something I have never experienced before, whether a medal comes or not. Hopefully, there are four more years’ worth of medals to come.

”I think it is quite a cool time to sign this deal because for a lot of young boys this is the time of the season where you can learn that you are being released from a club.

“I think it is important to play a lot of games, so if you get released from a big club then you should go and play games at a lower league – someone will watch you if you are doing well. It is a good thing.

“You can knuckle down, put in the hours out in the hard work and you never know where it will take you.

“You can’t say that when I was with Alloa in the Third Division that I was thinking: ‘Oh, I could play for Celtic’, but I knew I had the ability to go through the leagues.”

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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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