Celtic must learn John McGinn lesson and sign Josh Doig this summer

By Hamish Carton

March 27, 2021

You can barely watch John McGinn nowadays without someone muttering in your ear about how Celtic missed out on signing him.

The former Hibernian man may be loving life with Aston Villa at present and, anyway, he’s well out our price range now.

Yet, McGinn and Celtic seem to be continually banded around as a duo, linked almost as often as Shane Duffy and stray passes.

McGinn scored a sublime equaliser for Scotland / (Photo by Jan Kruger – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

That familiar sense of FOMO (fear of missing out) arose again on Thursday night as McGinn rescued a draw for Scotland against Austria with a sensational overhead kick.

Celtic looked to make amends for missing out on the midfielder by signing another tremendous talent – David Turnbull – last summer.

But who is the next Scottish Premiership talent we simply have to sign?

Hibernian trio and Ferguson look most interesting

In terms of similarities to McGinn (and departing Celtic skipper Scott Brown) there are two obvious candidates.

Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson is not universally liked at Celtic Park – but that’s more down to the allegiances of his father and uncle.

Ferguson shares a lot of the “hate playing against him, love to have him in your team” attributes as Brown, and is still remarkably only 21.

He seems to have a higher ceiling than Motherwell’s Allan Campbell who is another Brown-lite.

Hibernian are the club both Brown and McGinn played for when Celtic came calling, and the Easter Road side have a trio of current stars who should be of interest to the Hoops.

Ryan Porteous is still very raw but has the makings of a future Scotland international, while Kevin Nisbet seems like a pretty good replacement for Leigh Griffiths.

But arguably the biggest talent in Scotland at present is Hibees left-back Josh Doig.

Josh Doig looks to be a top talent \ (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The 18-year-old may have been roasted by Jeremie Frimpong in September – to the extent that he was subbed at half-time – but he has still had a strong first year in the professional game.

Doig is now a regular for Hibs and would be a great back-up option for Celtic to recruit.

Sky Sports credited us with an interest in him in January, alongside Arsenal and Chelsea.

Perhaps this summer is the time to pounce.

In other news, Moussa Dembele returned to Atletico Madrid training on Friday after an unsettling incident earlier in the week