CELTIC goalkeeper Scott Bain says that the senior professionals in the dressing room, and particularly captain Scott Brown, have been key in grinding out two wins in the capital despite the turmoil of the past week.

The champions were faced with the prospect of two difficult matches away to Hearts in the Premiership and then away to Hibs in the Scottish Cup immediately after losing manager Brendan Rodgers to Leicester City.

And while Bain has given great credit to interim boss Neil Lennon for coming in and steadying the ship, he believes it is the likes of the goalscorers at Easter Road – James Forrest and Brown – that have done most to steer it through choppy waters.

“They are important no matter the circumstances outside the changing room, because in there they are fantastic boys and the club would be a different place without Broony,” Bain said.

“He does so much for the boys and keeps the boys together and drives us through in training and demands the highest standards so he is massive for the club regardless what has been going this week outside the changing room.

“I think you can see from the two results just how professional the boys are. We have just got on with our work and implemented the same things that we have done before, and I think player wise nothing has really changed for us.

“We just wanted to go into these two big games and get the two wins and we’ve managed to do that.”

Bain was happy to see the man who took him to Hibs last season before his move to Celtic step into the breach once Rodgers left the club last week, and he says you can’t argue with Lennon’s immediate impact.

“We have won two out of two, so it’s been ok,” he said.

“I think it is too quick to start talking about whether we have changed systems. The gaffer has come in and basically continued the work we had been doing before. It was a successful blueprint and carrying that on has been working for us.

“We all know the gaffer. He brought me to Hibs and we know what he is about, and we want to do the best for him and we also want to do the best for ourselves. We have shown that in the last two games, shown how determined we are to maintain the success.

“It is great. Obviously, we’ve had to come to Edinburgh for two difficult games and the boys have shown unbelievable character and, most of all, quality. We have come through both the games with two wins.”

Meanwhile, Bain says that the Celtic players are trying to concentrate on their football despite incidents such as the bottle that was thrown at teammate Scott Sinclair at Easter Road.

“We can’t control what is going on in the stands,” he said. “We can only control what we do on the pitch, but I don’t think any of us have ever gone into games worried about things being thrown at us. “We can only control what happens on the pitch.”