Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell praises the hard work of Celtic goalkeeper Ross Doohan

By David Walton

September 11, 2020

Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell has credited the hard work of Celtic loanee Ross Doohan, and has explained why he isn’t playing regularly.

Doohan penned a season-long loan deal at the Global Energy Stadium before the Premiership campaign began. The Celtic-owned youngster appeared to be heading over for first-team football after it was clear his chances at Parkhead would be limited this season.

However, so far this term, Doohan has been on the bench in Dingwall for every one of their six competitive matches. He won’t play this weekend either as County host Celtic, meaning he’ll be ineligible.

Celtic goalkeeper Ross Doohan is on loan at Ross County (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

But County boss Kettlewell has stated that he can’t drop current number one Ross Laidlaw due to his current form. Speaking in comments published by Press and Journal, Kettlewell said the following:

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“We brought Ross in before the start of the season. We had him earmarked from way back but with the goalkeeping situation at Celtic it didn’t materialise until the season started.

“That probably gave us a scenario where we had to bed Doohan in but since then Laidlaw hasn’t put a foot wrong.

“I hope he continues that same vein of form but I know he is being pushed hard by Doohan, who also hasn’t put a foot wrong and has been involved in the Scotland under-21s.”

Doohan is in Dingwall for games

You would imagine that this isn’t something Celtic will be too pelased with. It’s hard to see the negotiations between County and the Hoops involving an agreement that Doohan will be benched for the majority of the season.

It would be different had the Parkhead youngster performed poorly in the first few games before being dropped. But so far he hasn’t been given a single minute of action in the Highlands.

Of course, this is all part of the learning process for him. Doohan is good enough to feature in that County side. It’s down to him to show that in training and continue to put pressure on Laidlaw, who is prone to the occasional error.

Stuart Kettlewell has praised Ross Doohan (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Doohan’s performance in Scotland under-21’s 1-0 win in Lithuania on Tuesday night also proved he’s good enough to be given more minutes at senior level. The young stopper made a couple of impressive stops during the week to hold onto his clean sheet. You can view those saves, published in a highlights package on the Scottish National Team’s Youtube channel, by clicking here.

But moving forward, it’s club minutes he needs to progress his development and make himself a future Celtic shot-stopper.

Surely, his chance to shine is coming. Sitting on the County bench wasn’t the original idea here.