Celtic youngster Ross Doohan has unexpectedly joined Dundee United on an emergency loan basis after an injury to first-choice goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist.
The Tannadice outfit announced the move earlier today.
Siegrist was injured in the warm-up of last week’s cup victory against Forfar. Squad option Jack Newman has also been unavailable since January.
Doohan will go straight into the squad for tomorrow’s cup clash away to Aberdeen at Pittodrie.
The 23-year-old has already spent time out on loan this season, playing for Ross County in the first half of the campaign. He made five Scottish Premiership appearances before being recalled in January.
He has also spent extensive time out on loan at Scottish Championship side Ayr United in the past, making 80 appearances in total.
With United in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup, Doohan could now have a massive opportunity to impress on the national stage.
There are already calls from some Dundee United supporters for him to be thrown right into the starting line-up at the expense of back-up goalkeeper Deniz Mehmet, who has failed to impress when called upon.
Doohan’s match experience with Ayr and County could just make him a viable calculated risk for Micky Mellon, despite not working with him previously.
Ross Doohan facing Celtic crossroads
With just over a year left on his contract at Celtic, Doohan is facing a make-or-break season at the Bhoys.
He’s been on the books for a long-time and is now at the age where he should really be playing regularly to improve.
Of course, for goalkeepers, 23 is no age at all. But even through the club’s goalkeeping woes, he’s not had much of a look-in.
It’ll be interesting to see if the club deem him to have shown enough progress to earn a new contract or if he ends up making a permanent move elsewhere.
Clearly, he is on the radar of multiple Premiership sides who would likely jump at the chance of giving him an opportunity.
Perhaps a starring role in a United cup run could be the making of his career.