By Scott Taylor
Ryan Fulton has been linked with a move to Aberdeen just days after Danny Ward returned to Liverpool from his loan spell in the SPL, but Portsmouth also remain interested. Fulton, 19, is a regular in the Reds’ U21 side and even captained the side in the 2-1 win against Southampton in the Premier League on Monday night. The Scotland youth international has been highly-rated by Liverpool, even appearing on the bench for the first time in their FA Cup tie with Exeter last week, but could be heading out on loan.
Fulton has played nine games for the U21s this season, keeping just one clean sheet, but that doesn’t tell the full story. The goalkeeper has shown some superb individual performances and without his contribution, the Reds wouldn’t have conceded more than the 17 goals they have so far this season.
The goalkeeper, who has been with the Reds since joining at U10 level, was also part of the first-teams’ pre-season tour of Asia and the Far East. He is also a Scotland youth international, having most recently been called up to the U21s squad. Having featured once for the U16s, Fulton was then promoted to the U19s, where he has since made four appearances. He was called up to the U21s squad in October 2015, and has been on the bench four times, three of which were in U21 European Championships qualifiers but is yet to make his debut.
Aberdeen are now looking for a first-team goalkeeper after Ward was recalled to Jurgen Klopp’s side in a bid to earn his place as Liverpool’s number 1. However, Derek McInnes’ side is only expressing a small amount of interest in the goalkeeper becuase of his lack of experience in league football.
Portsmouth on the other hand have more concrete interest in the youngster. Paul Cook’s side are chasing promotion to League One this season as they currently lie in the League Two play-off positions. Reports suggest that Portsmouth are interested in a loan deal until the rest of the season.