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BAIN BACKS BHOYS TO BOUNCE BACK

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SCOTT BAIN is convinced Celtic will fight back from their Europa League setback against Valencia when they take on Kilmarnock tomorrow afternoon.

The Hoops keeper made his European debut against the Spanish aces at Parkhead on Thursday night and was blameless as Brendan Rodgers’ side collapsed to a 2-0 first leg defeat.

The champions now face a visit to the Mestalla on Thursday while they will require a miraculous turnaround to win a place in the last-16 of the competition.

Before that, though, is the dangerous trip Rugby Park, a ground that has proved to be a banana skin for the Hoops in the recent past.

Bain, who had kept seven successive shut-outs after taking over from Craig Gordon at the turn of the year before the visit of the Spaniards, is eager to keep the No.1 position and help the team to three more crucial points in their bid for an eighth consecutive Premiership title.

The 27-year-old shotstopper said: “We have shown in the past that we always bounce back from hard moments and games in Europe.

“We’ve shown it all this season and through all the time the manager has been at the club.

“It’s a good opportunity for us at Rugby Park to do that.

“Kilmarnock are a good side and make it difficult for you down there.

“They sit in and are well organised, so it’ll be down us to to break them down and get the goals. But we will go there looking to bounce back as quickly as possible.

“We’ve been playing really well in the league of late and we have to look to try to continue that.”

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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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