Reported Celtic target Josh Doig has spoken out on the recent speculation surrounding his future, and touched on one club link in particular that’s exciting him.
Doig has managed a breakthrough campaign at Easter Road under Jack Ross. The left-back impressed at Ibrox yesterday in what was his 24th appearance of the season [WhoScored]. His performance even brought praise from Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, after he continually managed to get free down the left flank [Daily Record].
His displays this season have reportedly attracted interest from the likes of Leicester, Leeds, Man City, and Arsenal down south [Scottish Sun]. Goal reported back in January that Celtic were another name in the frame for Doig.
Hibs owner Ron Gordon bizarrely said that he was “excited” with links to Leicester [Scottish Sun]. And now Doig has put on record his own thrill at being linked with the Foxes.
As quoted by Edinburgh Live, Doig said: “It is obviously exciting (the Leicester link). The first I seen of it was when my dad showed me on Twitter. It is still madness to myself, but I can’t focus on that too much.
“But it is exciting and it is a confidence boost for myself when big clubs like that seem to be interested. What’s for me won’t go by me, I have always said that. I am not looking ahead to the summer, I have been just focusing on the games.”
Celtic may need a Diego Laxalt replacement; but is Josh Doig truly it?
Celtic look like they’re going to need a new left-back in the summer. There are no indications so far that Diego Laxalt is going to be staying permanently. If he doesn’t, that leaves us with only Greg Taylor and Boli Bolingoli available for selection. Neither are of the standard required if we’re going to push on to the next level.
However, if Celtic were to sign Doig, it would appear to be one for the future. There would be major question marks over whether he would be ready to make the Parkhead step-up given he’s only shone in one season for Hibs.
There’s of course nothing wrong with a bit of forward planning. Bringing Doig to the club would represent a seemingly good bit of business. But it’s not as if Hibs would be selling to us on the cheap.
Doig is reported to be worth £1million [Goal]. But considering he’s on a long-term contract combined with our previous experiences of dealing with Hibs, we know the price range we’re more than likely dealing with will be higher than that.
If Doig would be coming in as a long-term project, it would likely result in a hefty outlay for a project. Especially for a player who is still relatively unproven. Yet at the same time, there’s the risk of waiting too long only for another club to come in and make him a star.
It all depends on how important the new Celtic boss sees this potential transfer as being. There are a lot more pressing concerns this summer than signing the Hibs left-back. But if it is a deal we manage to pull off, you won’t find many Hoops fans complaining.