Ross Doohan addresses long-term Celtic hopes

By David Walton

August 25, 2021

Ross Doohan has stated that he still has his sights set on being the Celtic number one at some stage in the future.

The 23-year-old was sent out on loan to Tranmere Rovers after spending much of pre-season with the first-team. The arrival of former Tottenham and Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart means that Doohan is effectively the fifth choice.

Indeed, Hart joins Vasilis Barkas, Scott Bain, and Conor Hazard as being ahead of Doohan in the Parkhead pecking order. But the former Scotland under-21 regular has one-upped his competition by heading out for first-team football elsewhere.

And despite where he currently sits in the food-chain, Doohan still has eyes on being Celtic number one when the time comes.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Doohan said: “I did pre-season at Celtic and I spoke to the manager there about things in the summer. We agreed going out and playing was the most important thing for me and it was just about waiting for the right move to come along.

“I still keep in touch with the goalkeeping coaches Stevie Woods and Colin Meldrum. I know they will be keeping an eye on what I am doing and they speak to me during the week. They like to know what I am doing at training and they have been watching the games.

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“Ultimately I want to be the Celtic No1 one day, that has to be my ambition. I want to play for the club, but right now that won’t happen, so it was about getting myself out there and getting more experience. Hopefully I can get that here.”

Ross Doohan has a big year ahead if he plans on having a long-term Celtic future

Doohan has every right to be targeting the Celtic number one jersey in the future. Hart may only have just joined the club, but there will one day be a need for a successor to him.

Doohan is in an interesting situation. He’s fifth-choice at Celtic, but he’ll be the only one of his goalkeeping rivals who receives consistent game-time. There’s a massive opportunity there for him to leap over a few of his positional rivals at Parkhead.

But a failure to make an impression with Tranmere Rovers could be disastrous. The reason being that Doohan is into the final year of his Celtic contract. He’s working to bag a new long-term deal this season too.

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If things don’t go to plan with Rovers and he finds himself sitting on the bench in England, that won’t do his Celtic hopes much good. He needs to be starting consistently and thriving under Micky Mellon.

So far, he’s spent the first four league matches on the bench. His only appearance so far was the 2-2 EFL Cup game against Oldham, which was lost 6-5 on penalties.

Doohan quite simply needs to muscle his way into the Tranmere starting XI soon. But there’s nothing wrong with having lofty ambitions, even if there’s a long road ahead to achieve them.

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