By Danny Wright

Greenock Morton have confirmed the loan signing of Celtic goalkeeper Ross Doohan.

The Scottish Championship side announced on their official Twitter account and official website on Thursday that the 19-year-old had sealed his temporary Parkhead exit.

Doohan will be joining Morton on a short-term development deal which will last until 4 January.

It is confirmed that manager Jim Duffy had been in pursuit of the young goalkeeper for several weeks to add competition to the No 1 spot at Cappielow Park.

Duffy has since revealed that he was in direct talks with Brendan Rodgers about snapping up Doohan.

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“Ross is a very talented young goalkeeper. Like a lot of the bigger clubs, Celtic have a huge number of players and I spoke to Brendan Rodgers regarding Ross several weeks ago,” the Morton boss said to the club’s official website.

“He just wanted to let things settle down a little bit in terms of his squad before he decided whether he was going to let some players out on loan.”

Doohan is yet to earn a first-team appearance at Celtic but he has been a regular feature for their development sides, especially last season when he emerged as No 1 choice in the UEFA Youth League when he played against the likes of Manchester City and Barcelona.

Football Insider Verdict

It’s always wise to sent youngsters out on loan, but it seems that Morton boss Duffy doesn’t have immediate plans to put Doohan in his first-team. The teenager ‘keeper has a lot of potential but he is only going to reach it if he is playing regularly. If he fails to get more than five appearances in his four-month-long stay at Morton, it might as well be seen as a waste of time because the difference in the quality of facilities would mean that he would have probably been better served staying at Parkhead. It remains to be seen whether or not Duffy will give him the game time, which is perhaps why he is on such a short loan deal.

In other Celtic news, Stan Collymore has slammed Premier League sides after the Hoops thrashed Astana in the Champions League.

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