Tranmere Rovers thank Celtic talent after keeping 14 clean sheets in big season

By David Walton

May 11, 2022

Tranmere Rovers have thanked Ross Doohan as he heads back to Lennoxtown after a productive season on loan down south.

Doohan’s campaign is up after spending the entire year with the League Two club. The goalkeeper only featured in 1 of the last 11 league matches, but had been the first-choice for much of the season beforehand.

He leaves Tranmere having scooped up 14 clean sheets and conceding only 37 goals in 34 games [Transfermarkt]. His efforts have deservedly been appreciated by Tranmere, who produced the following update:

Doohan was often a fans-favourite during his time in the Tranmere goal. So much so that supporters of the English club had been talking up keeping him on a permanent basis.

But that doesn’t seem to be happening with Tranmere confirming the player’s departure heading into the summer.

Doohan spoke back in December as he stated that he still plans to be first-choice at Celtic one day [Football Scotland]. His current contract in Glasgow is up at the end of the month as we await an update over his future.

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Given Ange has already spoken to Doohan, it could be the case that the Celtic manager is genuinely interested as he sees something in him. If that’s the case, then it’s easy to see him getting a new contract this summer.

But the reality of the situation can’t be ignored either. The 24-year-old comes back and sees Joe Hart, Scott Bain, Vasilis Barkas, and Tobi Oluwayemi seemingly all ahead of him in the pecking order. Sure, Barkas may depart whilst a loan move could easily be on the cards for Tobi. But even then, becoming first-choice still looks some way away.

If Doohan does indeed sign a new contract then you would expect another loan move to be instantly on the cards for him. That makes the most sense at this stage of his career when he’s needing constant first-team exposure for him to develop.

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If his goal was to impress this year, he certainly did that. It’s frustrating he lost his place towards the end of the season, but he’d racked up decent figures beforehand. He got the exposure he was ordered to get and is clearly ready for a bigger challenge.

Ange Postecoglou has always maintained that the pathway to first-team football is there for any youngster who has the quality and the attitude to make it. But Doohan is no longer a part of the Lennoxtown youngsters trying to break through. At 24, it’s all about senior football. He still has some way to go if he’s to become a number one at Parkhead.

All we can do is wait to see what the club make of the player’s situation. Do they feel there’s further progress to come that will lead to him one day becoming our top shot-stopper? That’s the only question Celtic will be asking themselves at the moment. Hopefully, whatever happens, Doohan can continue to get the games he needs elsewhere next season.

In other news, Carl Starfelt explains what Celtic players learned about European football this season