Former Celtic midfielder John Collins claims Josh Doig can learn from both him and Kieran Tierney.

Doig, who has been linked with Celtic since January [Goal], is a SFWA Young Player of the Year candidate, alongside David Turnbull. Ex-Hibs manager and Celtic assistant Collins reckons Doig should show patience and develop in the Scottish game, just like himself, Kieran Tierney or, indeed, Turnbull.

Collins said [Daily Record]:

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“Looking back, I made the right decision.

“English clubs were interested in me at Hibs and it never happened.

“But I was delighted because I got experience and there is nothing more important for a young player than playing every single week.

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“That’s how you develop. You work day in, day out at training but if you aren’t getting that 90-minute test every week your development gets curtailed. I took advice from family, managers and coaches back then.


“But you make the final decision and you have to make sure you do what is right for yourself.

“The advice I always give is, ‘If you believe in your ability and you think you are a good player, don’t rush it’.

“A great example for Doig is Kieran Tierney. He was a regular for many years at Celtic and then moved to Arsenal at the right time.”

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Josh Doig has been linked with Celtic / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

John Collins is right on Josh Doig, and Kieran Tierney comparison seems fitting

Josh Doig will surely realise there’s a queue ahead of him in terms of talented Scottish left-backs. But that doesn’t make his potential any less exciting. John Collins showed that international acclaim and European football can be regular fixtures in a career if you show patience, and focus on development.

The Kieran Tierney link is obvious, of course. Another player who broke into a first-team while extremely young, Tierney could’ve moved from Celtic sooner, truth be told. While it still rankles that we only got £25m for a fan favourite, he’s proving his worth on a weekly basis, and Arsenal fans love him.

So, for Doig, the precedent is there. And honestly, good as he’s been at times this season, he’s not getting into a top defence quite yet. The obvious danger is becoming another hopeful talent who is swallowed up by massive Premier League squads and forgotten about.

That’d be a real shame. Instead, there’s a team needing a promising left-back, who could almost guarantee first-team football and European competition. They play in Green and White hoops.

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