Celtic have been busy this summer without a shadow of a doubt. The club turned the loan deals of Cameron Carter-Vickers, Jota and Daizen Maeda permanent, after the trio enjoyed brilliant loan spells at Parkhead last season. On top of that, they signed Benjamin Siegrist on a free transfer and brought in Alexandro Bernabei from Argentine club Lanus in a deal believed to be around £3.75 million. A couple more additions are expected over the next week or so.
Thus, it is safe to say that things are looking up for Celtic as things stand. On the other hand, there have been quite a few players who have departed Parkhead as well, but there has not been any real high profile exit.
One such player who completed a permanent exit from the club is Ross Doohan. He had enjoyed a good loan spell at Tranmere Rovers last season and has joined them permanently this time around.
The goalkeeper has opened up about a honest conversation that he had with Ange Postecoglou before his exit though. As reported by 67 Hail Hail, Doohan told The Sunday Mail [17/07 print edition, page 65]:
“I’m at an age now when I can’t be going out on loan every season then returning to Celtic with my future unknown. I returned for pre-season but deep down knew I wasn’t going to get a chance.
“I had a good discussion with Ange before I left and he wished me all the best. He told me a move was the best option as he’s already sorted for keepers next season.”
Celtic player completed Parkhead exit after honest conversation with Postecoglou
It is safe to say that Doohan would not have gotten playing time at Celtic even if he had decided to stay on at the club after his successful loan spell at Tranmere Rovers last season.
The Hoops simply have too much depth at goalkeeper right now. While Vasilis Barkas did depart on loan this summer, he was replaced by Siegrist, who has been one of the best goalkeepers in Scotland in recent years and could even end up pushing Joe Hart for a first-team spot.
Speaking of Hart, he has been a mainstay between the posts for Celtic ever since arriving last summer from Tottenham Hotspur. The Hoops also have Scott Bain as cover and a rising Tobi Oluwayemi as well.