Celtic loanee Ross Doohan's Tranmere spell showing concerning signs already

By David Walton

September 8, 2021

Celtic goalkeeper Ross Doohan isn’t off to the ideal start at Tranmere Rovers.

The Scotland U21 international joined the League Two club earlier in the summer in a bid to get minutes. Rovers boss Micky Mellon stated at the time that Celtic rated him extremely highly [Tranmere Rovers]. He also bigged up the signing as he looked for Doohan to provide solid competition for the number one jersey.

However, so far it’s been disappointing. Doohan has been involved in every match squad since signing last month. But only one of those seven games has seen him actually play. That was in an EFL Cup match against Oldham Athletic.

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Despite being available for all six of Tranmere’s opening six league matches, Doohan hasn’t been involved in any of them. The 23-year-old has instead been selected as back-up to 40-year-old Joe Murphy, who’s been keeping him out of the team.

Whilst there is plenty of time to go in the season for Doohan to win his spot, it’s clear that he isn’t deemed the first-choice at this moment in time.

Doohan had two unproductive loan spells with Ross County and Dundee United last season respectively. Combined, the goalkeeper managed seven appearances [Transfermarkt].

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Ross Doohan didn’t leave Celtic for Tranmere to sit on the bench

Mellon hopefully has plans to give Doohan his run soon. He certainly sounded excited to bring him to the club in the first place. Then again, he also took him to Tannadice last term only to seldom play him.

From a Celtic perspective, it’s highly frustrating to see players leave Parkhead and sit on a bench. Doohan has been considered a back-up at too many different clubs now. We don’t need the same happening with Tranmere.

For the player himself, he’s at an age now where consistent football is essential. At 23, he’s no longer an emerging youngster looking to break through the Lennoxtown youth ranks. He’ll be considered one of the more experienced academy graduates who needs to start carving out a successful career for himself.

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Doohan’s Celtic contract expires in the summer of 2022. If he wants that to be extended, you have to imagine he needs to be shining with his new club.

Granted, this isn’t a dig at Tranmere or even Mellon. There could be a reason Doohan isn’t getting regular minutes. Considering it’s happened at his previous two clubs, perhaps it’s a case of looking in the mirror and seeing what improvements can be made.

Hopefully, he gets his opportunity in the coming weeks. But make no mistake, when the player made the move to team up with Mellon, this wasn’t the start he had in mind.

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