Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell has praised Celtic for their handling of negotiations regarding Ross Doohan’s move to Dingwall.
Doohan’s loan spell to County was confirmed yesterday by the Hoops on Twitter. Ironically, the deal came a week after Doohan played for the Staggies against Celtic as a trialist in a friendly clash.
The youngster impressed on the day, making some fine stops to deny the likes of Odsonne Edouard and Mohamed Elyounoussi.
And, after managing to secure a season-long loan deal for the shot-stopper, Kettlewell praised both Celtic and the player. Speaking to the Ross-Shire Journal, here’s what the County boss had to say:
“It has been a bit of a waiting game for us with Ross Doohan, but fortunately Celtic were great in giving us a chance to get him into our team and get him involved.
“He was desperate for a game, so he has now met the group of the players and played 90 minutes of football.
“Ross Munro is also part of our goalkeeping squad here, and he gets to pitch his hat into the ring. He goes in the mix with the other two senior goalkeepers and gets the same chance to show he can be first choice.”
Doohan must fight for his place in the Highlands
It would be surprising if there wasn’t an agreement of some sort when it comes to how much game-time Doohan will receive. Celtic wouldn’t be sending him to County without a promise of a certain amount of minutes.
However, that doesn’t mean that he will be the guaranteed first-choice for the Highland club this season. As Kettlewell has stated, they have Ross Munro available as well as former Hibernian shot-stopper Ross Laidlaw. The competition will be fierce in goal for the Staggies this season.
But Doohan won’t be overawed. This is a goalkeeper who has just come off a promotion-chasing season with Ayr United in the Championship. Indeed, he made 80 appearances at Somerset Park over the course of two campaigns in Scotland’s second-tier (Transfermarkt).
This is the next natural step in his progression – coming up against Premiership strikers on a weekly basis. Given how confident he looked at Parkhead in last week’s friendly, it doesn’t look like he’ll be out his depth in the Premiership either.
As for Celtic, it leaves us with Vasilios Barkas, Scott Bain, and Conor Hazard at the club respectively. It remains to be seen whether new recruit Barkas is the real deal, but the Hoops look secure enough in that area for now.