Celtic goalkeeper Ross Doohan was part of the Scotland under-21s side that netted an impressive 2-1 victory away to Croatia on Tuesday evening.
The 21-year-old played the entire match as Scot Gemmill’s side recorded back to back wins at the start of their Group 4 qualifying campaign – thanks to a double from substitute Connor McLennan.
Doohan, who is out loan again at Ayr United this season, hadn’t played for the 21s for a couple of matches but put in a resolute display that helped to earn an impressive scalp.
He was the only Celtic man in the squad following Mikey Johnston’s injury withdrawal last week.
It’s not just with Scotland where Doohan is excelling
Doohan has enjoyed a good start to the season with loan side Ayr too. The Honest Men are upsetting the apple cart a little in the Championship again this season having taken three wins from their first four matches.
Doohan has played every minute of their league campaign so far, and he knows how important that could be in his development.
“There’s a big difference between reserve football and the real thing,” he told the Scottish Sun last October. “Getting a taste of it this year and playing every week gives you match sharpness.”
He may look back at the goings-on at his parent club and think he’s miles away from a first-team opportunity. Doohan is probably Celtic’s fifth choice keeper at present, behind Fraser Forster, Scott Bain, Craig Gordon and even Conor Hazard.
But he mustn’t lose heart. Despite the number of options in the position, it’s still a little bit of a worry area for Neil Lennon. Not much is known about how good Fraser Forster is yet while Craig Gordon is reaching the dying embers of his career. Scott Bain has come in for some criticism too lately while Conor Hazard is just a young talent like Doohan.
If the keeper can continue to perform well for club and country then it will only be a matter of time before he gets his chance at Celtic.