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HOOPS HERO DISMISSES CONTRACT TALK

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SCOTT BAIN has had a remarkable TWENTY-TWO shut-outs in 26 domestic games and has conceded a measly four goals during that impressive sequence.

The Scotland international keeper replaced Craig Gordon at the turn of the year and has been in sensational form since stepping up.

Bain was unbeatable again at the weekend as the Hoops lifted their eighth successive title in fine style following a 3-0 triumph over Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

The 27-year-old shotstopper agreed a permanent deal with the title kings in the summer after an initial loan period from Dundee.

He quit the Tayside club at the end of his contract and, ironically, as he celebrated his first Premiership medal, his former Dens Park outfit were being relegated after losing 1-0 at home to Hamilton Accies.

Bain’s consistency has led to talks of a new contract, but the goalie admitted he just wants to take care of business on the field.

The unassuming netminder, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “There is always so much on the line at this club, so it is just a case of me putting all the outside noise and distractions out of my mind and putting in the best performances that I can.

“If a new contract comes up, we will discuss it.”

Before then there are still games to win and Bain’s next outing will be at Ibrox on Sunday – where his Celtic fairytale kicked off 14 months ago when he was plunged into the starting line-up after injuries to regular Craig Gordon and back-up Dorus De Vries.

He was pitched in for a dramatic debut which began badly when a slip from Dedryck Boyata allowed Josh Windass to slam the home side into the lead inside the first minute.

Thankfully, the Hoops responded like champions and goals from Tom Rogic, Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard gave them a 3-2 victory, despite having to play for over half-an-hour with 10 men following Jozo Simunovic’s red card.

Bain added: “You are never going to be able to believe it if you wrote the dream script about what was going to happen.

“I think the goal in the first 30 seconds actually helped a bit. It took a bit of pressure off us, allowed us to play.

“We went on to what was one of the best wins I have had in a Celtic jersey.

“If anything, winning the title will now allow us to play with a little bit more freedom.

“We will go to Ibrox with a swagger. We have proved we are the best team in the country and no-one can touch us. We go again.

“We have still another couple of games in the league and it would be nice to get another couple of clean sheets, but the whole team needs credit for those stats.

“We defend from the front and do it very well. The back four stop teams getting chances and they deserve a lot of credit. If I am called upon to help, I am glad to do so.

”But first we celebrate, enjoy the moment. I know it is a special thing when you win a league.

“I am grateful I had the opportunity to celebrate with these boys.”

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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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