Arsenal reportedly unlikely to sign Celtic-linked Josh Doig
Arsenal – one of Celtic’s biggest competitors for the signature of Josh Doig – are now unlikely to sign him, according to football.london.
Doig has been the subject of heavy interest from several clubs ahead of the summer. Sky Sports reported back in January that the left-back was being monitored by Arsenal, Chelsea, and Celtic. They speculated that the Hoops could make a move for him in the upcoming transfer window.
However, Premier League interest will always be Celtic’s biggest rival when it comes to signing talented youngsters. Whether it be losing our own top talents to the EPL or missing out on potential targets – it’s a constant source of frustration for us.
But it appears that Arsenal won’t be Doig’s next destination. Football.london believes that, despite the fact the Gunners are in the market for a new left-back, it likely won’t be the Hibs man. It’s unclear as to why this may be the case. The report claims that Arsenal still like Doig, so it’s bemusing as to why they wouldn’t go for him.
Of course, there are still several other reported contenders that could halt him from coming to Parkhead. As well as Chelsea, Watford have been reported as being in discussions with the player over a £4million move to the Hornets [Watford Observer].
Arsenal look set to drop out, but where do Celtic stand on Josh Doig?
Arsenal not signing Doig is a big boost for Celtic. Especially given the rise of Kieran Tierney at the Emirates. The prospect of being his understudy surely would’ve appealed to the Scotland under-21 international.
However, where Celtic stand on his signature, nobody knows for certain. It’s most likely that the club have compiled scouting reports on him. This will likely be made available to the new manager when he arrives at the club. It then has to be his decision whether to move for the Hibs man or not.
John Kennedy claimed before the end of the season that the club are aware of all good young players in Scotland. Doig being one of the best youthful talents we have in the Premiership, it makes sense for the club to have extensive information on him [Glasgow Times].
But this is also one of the reasons why Celtic need to get their managerial appointment over and done with. The longer you wait, the more time you give potential rivals to beat you to talented players. Doig could very easily be in talks with Celtic by now if we had a manager able to sign off on him.
That we don’t says a lot about how behind we are in our transfer work. Having scouted these players is all very and well and good, but only until a new manager starts his Celtic career can we make a definitive decision.
Nobody can predict whether we’ll see Josh Doig in a Celtic jersey next season or not. Safe to say, however, that we aren’t exactly giving ourselves the best opportunity to nab him.
In other news, Ange Postecoglou’s appointment could open the door for Celtic to explore two new player markets.