Former Academy talent on the Ange Postecoglou chat that sealed his Celtic exit

By Dave Flanigan

July 17, 2022

A former Celtic youth academy product has spoken about the chat with Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou that ended his time at the club.

24-year-old Ross Doohan never made an appearance for Celtic’s first team, going out on seven loans to six different clubs since 2015, including Tranmere Rovers, with whom he signed permanently this month.

Speaking to The Sunday Mail [17/07 print edition, page 65], Doohan said: “I’m at an age now when I can’t be going out on loan every season then returning to Celtic with my future unknown. I returned for pre-season but deep down knew I wasn’t going to get a chance.

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“I had a good discussion with Ange before I left and he wished me all the best. He told me a move was the best option as he’s already sorted for keepers next season.”

Doohan was philosophical about the decision, seeing it as simply the nature of being involved at a club like Celtic.

He said: “That’s the reality of playing for a massive club like Celtic. They’re able to bring in two top keepers in Benji Siegrist and Joe Hart. For someone like myself trying to break through, it’s very difficult. At least I don’t need to worry about that anymore.”

Celtic have been busy in the goalkeeping department this summer, signing Benjamin Siegrist from Dundee United to add to the existing options of Joe Hart and Scott Bain.

Vasilis Barkas has left the club on loan, joining FC Utrecht, having made only one league appearance last term, along with Conor Hazard, who has been loaned to HJK Helsinki.

The future looks brighter for Tobi Oluwayemi

Celtic will hope for a more positive long-term future at the club for Tobi Oluwayemi.

The 19-year-old joined the Bhoys from Tottenham Hotspur in 2019, and has already been given special mention by his manager, despite not yet making a first-team appearance, but playing regularly for the Celtic B-Team.

Although it’s not rare for a goalkeeper to play well into their late-thirties and early-forties, at 35 years old, Joe Hart remains an option for the short term.

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OIuwayemi not only has time on his side, but suits Postecoglou’s footballing philosophy more readily than the other options at the club.

A development loan to a fellow Premiership or a lower league English club with a similar style, or at least a willingness to build from the back, would ensure the England U-19 international continues to develop at a rate that gives him a fighting chance of one day becoming Celtic’s first-choice goalkeeper.

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