Ross County have suffered a blow in their battle to avoid relegation from the Premiership as Celtic were forced to end Ross Doohan’s loan spell with the Dingwall club and bring him back to Celtic Park.

The 22-year-old was due to spend the entire season on loan with John Hughes’ team, but recent events ended all prospects of them.

Returned to Covid-19 hit club

The Covid-19 crisis which has engulfed Celtic after their trip to Dubai meant that they were suddenly short on goalkeepers. Both Scott Bain and Vasilis Barkas are currently self-isolating.

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Ross Doohan has returned to Celtic (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

That means that the Premiership champions only had one fit goalkeeper – Conor Hazard – heading into the game against Hibernian last night.

As a result of that, Doohan was recalled by Celtic. He was on the bench for the game against the Easter Road side.

It is a blow for Ross County. Although Doohan had made only five appearances he had performed fairly well in those.

Made five appearances

John Hughes might well have wanted to give the player a chance before his loan spell came to an end. Now it is too late for that, and Doohan is back at Celtic Park.

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Ross Doohan during a Scotland U21’s training session (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It will be interesting to see what happens next in the situation. County might well look to bring in another goalkeeper on loan to challenge current number one Ross Laidlaw. Meanwhile, Doohan is back at Celtic earlier than expected, and will likely be on the bench once more when Celtic take on Livingston on Saturday.

Only time will tell if the player makes any first-team appearances. However, he won’t be making any more for Ross County as his loan spell is over.

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