CELTIC keeper Scott Bain is standing by to make his European debut against Aremenia’s Alashkert at Parkhead tomorrow night.

However, the shotstopper, who could get the nod from Brendan Rodgers if Craig Gordon doesn’t overcome a wrist injury, insists the Hoops, 3-0 ahead from last week’s first leg, cannot afford to take risks.

Bain said: “We all know just how important these games are. We are in a good position but we won’t be taking anything for granted.

“It is important that we are professional and just try to focus on this game without getting too far ahead of ourselves.

“I can only imagine what an amazing experience it is to be involved in the group stages of the Champions League.

“It is where everyone wants to play but at the minute we can only think about the games that are in front of us and to do our best to try and take the club into that environment again.”

Bain, who agreed a four-year deal in the summer after his four-month loan spell from Dundee, kept a clean sheet in his first-half appearance in the friendly against Standard Liege at Parkhead when Rodgers’ men raced to a three-goal lead.

Now he is ready to step in again for Gordon.

He added: “The only thing you can be is ready and I feel that I am. This pre-season has been the hardest of my career without question, but I have loved every single minute of it.

“I feel fit and I feel sharp and whatever happens I know that I am ready to play.”


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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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