Leicester City are on the hunt for Celtic-linked Josh Doig according to the Scottish Sun, with Hibernian owner Ron Gordon left “excited” by the development.
Brendan Rodgers had Doig watched during Monday night’s Scottish Cup clash at Queen of the South. Manchester City, Leeds, and Arsenal have also been linked with a move for him [Scottish Sun]. Celtic are another name that have been mentioned as being attracted by what the Hibs full-back has to offer [Goal].
Doig has had a breakthrough season in Leith. This season alone he’s made 27 appearances and confirmed his place as Hibernian’s number one left-back [Transfermarkt]. The Sun has reported that he’s valued at £1.5m. However, with a contract that runs until 2025 and given Hibs’ previous transfer history surrounding their best players, you would imagine they see his final transfer fee as being a lot higher.
Yet despite Gordon refusing to touch on the interest in the past, he couldn’t resist this afternoon. Touching on it, he admitted he was “excited” by Leicester’s interest in particular. However, he outlined his desire to ensure he isn’t sold on the cheap.
“Let’s wait and see”
“I think he’s been terrific. I love him, I love his energy. He has tremendous attributes as a player, he’s got great speed and a terrific shot – if he ever puts it in, it’ll be a beautiful thing. In just one year of playing time he’s grown and matured, he’s more comfortable and confident. I think he’s a terrific young man and a great player.
“I’m excited Brendan Rodgers is interested in him. We have to balance being a competitive team with also not getting in the way of progress. For a kid like Josh, the ability to play for a team like Leicester City is something we have to be behind and encourage. There is a time for everyone. This is just his first year, so let’s wait and see.
“I’d hope he won’t go cheaply! I don’t think we should undersell our players. Josh is a great player, we are trying to be reasonable but we don’t want to undersell our assets as a club. But we need to find the right balance of what’s good for the club and what’s good for Josh. We spoke about it at the AGM last year, we want this to be a player’s club. We want to do the right thing by them by having their careers in mind first and foremost.”
Chances are, signing Josh Doig would be more difficult for Celtic than it would be for an English club. This has been proven in the past with Hibernian’s transfer history when the Hoops are involved.
Remember John McGinn? Many blame Celtic for trying to haggle over a few hundred thousand. Yet whilst we clearly made a blunder there, nobody talks about how Hibs rejected £2m from us [Scottish Sun], yet jumped at the same offer from Aston Villa [The Telegraph].
Granted, that’s the nature of football. Selling to a direct rival will lead to you wanting more money given you’ll be coming up against them. But that doesn’t change the fact that Celtic will need to spend more to land Doig than anyone. Or at least that’s what history suggests.
You also have the fact we splashed out £4.4million on Scott Brown to smash the transfer record between two Scottish clubs. Whilst that was worth every penny, it was a heck of an outlay at the time [The Guardian].
You would never hear Ron Gordon say he’s “excited” about Celtic being interested. There’s no desire from Hibs or other Scottish clubs to big up interest from the Hoops. They know their supporters wouldn’t accept it. It’s no wonder they try as often as possible to push their best talents down south.
And that’s why any attempts to sign Josh Doig will see our rivals try to rinse us for as much as possible. Yes, even more than they would ask from others.