Celtic loanee Ross Doohan bags first clean sheet after feisty battle that saw 2 red cards

By David Walton

September 20, 2021

Celtic goalkeeper Ross Doohan secured his first clean sheet with loan club Tranmere Rovers over teh weekend after a heated battle with Salford City.

Doohan was given the call to start in goal after making a cameo appearance against Rochdale last week.

And the 23-year-old managed to produce a shutout in his first league start under Micky Mellon this term. The 2-0 victory was a symbol of Tranmere’s dominance in the match, as both teams played the entire second half with 10 men.

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Salford were reduced after Ibou Touray lunged in with the studs showing on 20 minutes. 25 minutes later, however, Jay Spearing would then be given his marching orders for a dangerous sliding challenge.

Throughout the chaos, Doohan only really had one big save of note to make. This came midway through the first half when he leaped across goal to tip round a well-taken free-kick.

Outside of that, it was a quiet afternoon for the on-loan Celtic man, who will take a lot from earning his first shutout of the season. It’s the first senior clean sheet he’s managed since a 0-0 draw for Dundee Utd against St Mirren last season. Fellow Celtic hopeful Lee O’Connor also played the final 20 minutes for the EFL side.

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Celtic goalkeeper Ross Doohan taking advantage of his opportunity

With Tranmere’s first-choice goalkeeper Joe Murphy out with a concussion, Doohan certainly made the most of his opportunity. His task was to keep the ball out of the net and he managed to do it efficiently.

It’s unclear as to whether the Lennoxtown academy graduate has a chance of pipping Murphy to the number one jersey. But his last couple of performances have done him no harm at all.

He’s proving to Mellon, as he did last season during his short stint with Dundee Utd, that he can be a valuable asset over the course of the campaign. Even if Doohan doesn’t play every week, he’s getting that opportunity to win the trust of his boss.

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It could be that Doohan was sent to Tranmere simply to be involved with first-team matters as opposed to actually getting regular minutes. But if he can do both, that would certainly give his career a boost.

The shot-stopper still has hopes of one day being Celtic number one. The club is constantly in contact with the player too as they monitor his progress with the League One side [Scottish Sun].

And hopefully his shutout can lead to further opportunities as the season progresses. A big well done to him in the meantime. After getting that first clean sheet, he’ll likely feel a weight has been lifted off his shoulders.

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