Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon could make history despite Scott Bain taking gloves for Sunday's final Betfred League Cup


Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon will make a little bit of history at Hampden if the Parkhead side win the Betfred League Cup final against Aberdeen on Sunday afternoon. Never before have Celtic boasted a goalkeeper who has laid claim to four League Cup medals in their tenure at the club and yet the likelihood is that scenario will transpire, Gordon will do without muddying his gloves.

With understudy Scott Bain handed the reigns for the League Cup games this season, Brendan Rodgers will not change things for the showpiece final meaning that Gordon could write his name into the Celtic history books without leaving his seat.

And the Parkhead manager has insisted that there is no frustration on the part of Scotland internationalist as he prepared to sit it out the first piece of silverware of the season is up for grabs. Bain has played in all three of Celtic's League Cup games in the run-up to the final and Rodgers will honor the call for the 27-year-old to keep his place as was the arrangement.

"Scott plays on Sunday – I have no qualms about that," said Rodgers. "He is a fantastic keeper. Craig can still get one [a medal]. He understands where it is and what it is that we spoke about at the beginning of the season. I knew that if I was bringing in a number two goalkeeper that I would like him to have some involvement in the cup competitions so it worked well. He is very supportive, Craig. He is a brilliant goalkeeper but he is very mature in his outlook in it and he recognizes the importance of him doing well that he also needs to number two who is performing to a good level as well. "

And Rodgers has no fears about the temperament of Bain as Celtic looks to take a tentative step towards what might be a treble treble.

Bain signed a permanent deal with the club this summer after arriving at Celtic as an emergency cover for the injured Gordon in the January transfer window with Rodgers maintaining that he does not differentiate between his first-choice goalkeeper and the deputy.

Back-up keeper Bain was thrown into the mix at Ibrox for his Celtic debut, a sink or swim experience that almost immediately sealed his future at the club as the Parkhead side emerged with a 3-2 win.

"The biggest test you have as a Celtic player is playing away at Ibrox," he said. "It could have been (too big for him) but Scott has a really good temperament and he fits into how we play.

"He is calm with it and works really hard. He knows he has the trust of the management and the players, so when he goes into the team, he copes very well with it.

"I do not think so, but I do not think so. Every time he has played he has been first-class.

"He has been brilliant here and has a great mentality. He has also been very loyal to the support keeper. I see him as an equal. Craig has got the shirt and has been brilliant for a long period for me but it is important that we have another goalkeeper without having any fear of putting him in and Scott has shown that in my time here. "

Before they get to that point, Celtic have the challenge of winning their first away game in the Europa League. The Parkhead side face Rosenborg in Trondheim on Thursday evening as they attempt to engineer a way out of Group B and into the knockout stages of the tournament.

"We did that in the Champions League[an away win, so let's see if we can do it here as well, "said Rodgers. "That would be good. We have a couple of big games, but they are all big weeks, are not they? It is nice coming into such games in good form. We are playing well and all the players are focused on it. "

It remains to be seen if Scott Brown, the Celtic captain, has played a part in either the meeting with the Norwegian champions or against Aberdeen on Sunday afternoon. The 33-year-old midfielder has featured just twice since the end of September after his first game back from a month lay-off against Hibs resulted in a recurrence of injury.

"We will assess it as the week goes on," said Rodgers. "He has not had a lot of game time over a long period now, so we'll see how he is over the coming days. Even if it's not for 90 minutes, it might be that he can come into a game later on and close it out. "

Rodgers, too, will look to establish that Filip Benkovic's loan deal will be in place until the end of the season. The Leicester defender has a clause that allows the Premier League side to recall him in January if necessary but comments attributed to Claude Puel, the Leicester manager, suggest that the 21-year-old will remain in Glasgow for the duration of this term.

"We have not had confirmation of that but it would be great for Leicester, for Filip and for us," said Rodgers. "I think he's shown that, at 21, he's a big talent and the whole idea of ​​him coming here was to experience what it's like at a huge club – playing, being developed and then coming back at Leicester ready to play in the Premier League . We have good relations with Leicester but it has been a very delicate time for them so I have not been pushing anything with them. We have not been in contact with them since the unfortunate accident; we've taken a step back from it and we'll address it at the right time. "


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