It was a tough day for Hibs youngster Josh Doig up against Celtic star Jeremie Frimpong.
His manager has now admitted he’ll need one-to-one chats to help him learn from the experience, The Daily Record reports.
The 18-year-old was tasked with containing 19-year-old Frimpong, and unfortunately for the prospect, it wasn’t something he dealt with at all.
As WhoScored’s match stats show, Frimpong managed to complete three dribbles against the Hibs player in the first half before Jack Ross hauled him off at half-time.
Doig was visibly frustrated and ended up committing a rash tackle on the Hoops talent.
Ross told The Daily Record: “Look, it was difficult. He competed well in the first half. He was up against a difficult opponent who has been lauded in recent weeks for being one of their stronger players.
“It is another learning experience for him. I had a good chat with him at half-time, and I will do so again in the coming days.
“He has been brilliant this season for a young man who has just turned 18. He will be fine and will play a big part for us moving forward.
“When you are that quick and can be that quick from a standing start, it is tough to play against. It is a really good quality for him [Frimpong] to have.”
In fairness to Doig it was only his 16th professional appearance and ninth for Hibs. It was less about him today and more about the brilliance of Frimpong.
The experienced Lewis Stevenson came on at half-time and didn’t do much better up against the Dutch youth international.
If Doig is to develop and be a mainstay at Easter Road, he needs to go up against the best available in Scotland and, in terms of wide positions, Frimpong falls into that category.
He’s been electric for the Bhoys in his last two appearances and, with James Forrest injured, now has the chance to cement a spot in Neil Lennon’s starting eleven.
I’m excited to see more breathtaking displays and more opposition players struggling as a result.