Tranmere Rovers boss Micky Mellon "very grateful" to Celtic for Ross Doohan agreement

By David Walton

August 4, 2021

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon has thanked Celtic for allowing the League Two club to take Ross Doohan on loan for the season.

Doohan today completed his season-long loan move to the Super White Army after a year without any consistency. The Lennoxtown product spent last season on loan at both Ross County and Dundee United, but failed to get a run of games under his belt.

Ange Postecoglou hadn’t used Doohan in any of his pre-season or first competitive fixtures in charge of Celtic. That came despite the fact Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain had failed to impress.

But after today’s loan spell was finalised, Doohan can now look forward to a solid year of progression down in England. And it’s clear to see that Rovers boss Mellon has also been left delighted with the deal.

Speaking via Tranmere’s official website, Mellon said: “Ross is a great signing, and he will provide further competition due to Scotty’s injury. He is a talented goalkeeper, and we are delighted he has joined us for the season.

“Together, with Joe, we have two fantastic goalkeepers ahead of the new season. I worked with him at Dundee United towards the end of last season, he has huge potential, and he signed a new contract at Celtic recently because they rate him so highly.

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“He is ready to take the next step in his career, so I am delighted we have an excellent all-round goalkeeper and a good person to add to the group. We are very grateful to Celtic for allowing us to take on loan one of their fantastic prospects.”

Micky Mellon bigs up Ross Doohan ahead of massive year ahead

Doohan just hasn’t managed to get some consistency into his career over the last couple of campaigns. Despite his loan spells with County and Utd, he wasn’t given the game-time he may have expected.

Before that, he had two successful loan spells in the Championship with Ayr United. He racked up as many as 80 appearances and looked primed for the step-up to the Scottish Premiership.

Instead, he wasn’t given enough of a chance, and now he finds himself needing to get himself back playing regularly again. Tranmere are loaning their second player from Celtic in two years after the deal that took Lee O’Connor there last season.

And this is a big campaign for Doohan. If he succeeds and becomes Tranmere’s number one, it can be a catalyst for bigger and better things next season. His contract at Parkhead runs until the summer of 2022, so the importance of this current loan spell can’t be underestimated.

It’s the best move for all parties in fairness. Celtic could do with getting as many youngsters out on loan as possible. Especially those that won’t be involved with the B team this season.

Here’s hoping the transition to League Two football goes smoothly for the Celtic shot-stopper. A big year awaits.

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