Scott Bain holds no ill-feeling towards Dundee with how his time there ended and says “the stars have aligned” for him since his Dens departure.
In the early hours of yesterday morning, Bain finally made his Scotland debut after being named in a number of squads in the 1-0 friendly defeat to Mexico.
The 26-year-old left Dundee under a cloud this season after a fall out with manager Neil McCann following a 3-1 defeat to Hamilton Accies in October.
The goalkeeper was subsequently fined by the club but his refusal to pay up saw him frozen out of the first-team picture.
Despite that, Bain says he loved his time in Dundee.
He said: “Some people seem to think I have bad feelings or resentment about my time at Dundee but that’s not the case at all.
“The end wasn’t the best of times but I wasn’t miserable. I liked the players, the fans and the club itself.
“But because of a personality clash with one man, I wasn’t getting to play football. That was the issue.
“That had to change but it wasn’t like I was desperate to get out the door.”
That eventually came along after a very short spell at Hibs when Celtic came calling following an injury to No 1 Craig Gordon. That’s led to a four-year deal for Bain at Parkhead and a Scotland cap.
“I think it is fair to say the stars have aligned for me this year!” he added.
“It has been unbelievable.Things just kept falling into place for me. Football is like that. Sometimes it runs for you, at other moments the exact opposite.
“Scotland has been the icing on the cake, really.
“I have been named in squads before, and not been able to play. I also travelled to the Czech Republic a couple of years back under Gordon Strachan.
“Although I was on the bench for that one, I enjoyed every minute and it has been the same story this time round.
“Playing international football is the highest honour there is in the game, and I am patriotic.”
Meanwhile, Hibs boss Neil Lennon is keen to keep former Dark Blues loanee Scott Allan on at the club after he returned to Celtic.
n Dundee will play Brechin City in a friendly on Friday, June 29 at Glebe Park, kick-off 7.45pm.