Watch Celtic loanee Ross Doohan's superb reaction save; 6 clean sheets in 7 EFL games
On-loan Tranmere Rovers goalkeeper Ross Doohan was at it again on Saturday as his superb form away from Celtic continued.
Doohan, who came through the Lennoxtown academy, is spending the season with the English League Two club. After displacing veteran Joe Murphy as the number 1 back in September, Ross hasn’t looked back since.
Only halfway through the season and the 23-year-old already has 11 clean sheets for the campaign. The most recent one coming on Saturday in a 2-0 win over Rochdale. And with his side holding onto their lead heading into the closing stages, Doohan came up with a brilliant reaction stop which you can see below:
It’s an absolutely brilliant stop to ensure the game didn’t get too nervy heading into the final few moments. It was also massive for Ross given a rare mistake allowed Salford to snatch a 1-1 draw in Tranmere’s previous game.
It’s Doohan’s first season playing regular football since his spell with Ayr United back in 2019/20. Tranmere boss Micky Mellon took the goalkeeper to Dundee United on an emergency loan deal last season, and after playing back-up to Ben Siegrist, it appears Mellon saw enough to make him his number one with the League Two club.
Doohan has already signalled his intention to come back and fight for the number 1 spot at Celtic in the future [Scottish Sun].
Ross Doohan could easily still have a future at Celtic as he continues big season
Rovers sit only 7 points behind Forest Green Rovers at the top of League Two this season. It’s highly likely that they’ll be in the mix for automatic promotion come the end of the campaign. If they manage it, Doohan will have played a monumental role in that.
He’s been sent out of Parkhead to go and get games. To go and make an impression. Build up his confidence and show that he’s deserving of a new contract. After all, the goalkeeper’s Parkhead deal expires in the summer of 2022 [Transfermarkt].
Celtic will be in need of promising young goalkeepers come the summer too. Vasilis Barkas will surely have moved on by then whilst Conor Hazard doesn’t look like he’ll have much of a future at Celtic Park either. That will open up a backup role to Joe Hart. Whether that’s also under Scott Bain or ahead of him would remain to be seen.
Sure, the taste of first-team action could have Doohan wanting to get back out there again next summer and find something else. But it would be surprising if the option of another Celtic contract isn’t on the table for him. Especially if he manages to take his performances into the second half of the campaign.
Being back-up to Hart next term could be an invaluable experience for the youngster. He would only be 24, meaning he has plenty of time to make the step up to first-team level. It looks like an option that should, at the very least, be there for him.
For now, however, he’s doing exactly what was asked of him. And continuing to make eye-catching saves like the one above will only help his cause further.