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]:
“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.
“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.”
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.