Ex-Celtic goalkeeper lands trial in League One after Lennoxtown exit

By David Walton

July 6, 2022

Former Celtic goalkeeper Ryan Mullen is currently on trial with League One club Dunfermline Athletic after leaving the club this summer.

Mullen came through the ranks at Parkhead but left after his contract expired at the end of the 2021/22 campaign. The young shot-stopper is looking for his first taste of senior football on a regular basis.

Last month, it was reported by the Daily Express that Sheffield United had offered Mullen a trial opportunity down south. However, now it appears as if he’s looking to impress in Fife.

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The goalkeeper took part in a bounce match against Premiership outfit Kilmarnock yesterday, and appeared to have a rollercoaster of an afternoon.

The Courier reports that Mullen made some impressive stops throughout. However, he also made a couple of basic errors and was at fault for the only goal of the game.

Dunfermline, managed by former Dundee boss James McPake, will be looking to bounce back into the Championship at the first attempt. It remains to be seen if they take up the chance to sign Mullen permanently.

Ryan Mullen on hunt for new club as Celtic career comes to a end

It’s never nice to see young talents depart the club whether it be temporarily or permanently. However, it also can’t be denied that this was certainly the best decision for young Mullen’s career.

It’s time for him to be experiencing senior football on a regular basis. As much as performing for the Celtic youth teams will have helped develop him, it will only take him so far. At 21 years of age, the time is right to be branching out.

There can also be no denying that the competition in between the sticks at Celtic Park is intense at the moment. The likes of Joe Hart, Ben Siegrist, and Scott Bain are all battling it out for minutes and that’s just at senior level. Let’s not forget the likes of Tobi Oluwayemi and Ross Doohan are also still at the club.

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Mullen clearly wasn’t going to be given the opportunities his career needs. The last thing he’ll want given his lack of loan experience is to suddenly be 23 or 24 with minimal first-team experience to his name either.

A big year awaits with no certainty as of yet as to where the Scotland under-19 international will be playing his football.

All the best to him for his trial with the Pars and whatever other challenges await him in the coming weeks.

In other news, The road to “bigger and better” Celtic begins today; it’s time to go again