Daily Mail journalist Stephen McGowan believes Celtic could land Hibernian’s Josh Doig for as little as £1.2m this summer.
The young left-back has had a superb breakthrough season at Easter Road, managing to make 32 appearances this season alone [Transfermarkt]. Unsurprisingly, at only 18, his form has seen him named as one of the candidates for this season’s SFWA Young Player of the Year award.
Doig was also part of the Hibs side who managed to progress into the Scottish Cup final too. The Leith outfit now have a glorious chance of winning that competition for only the second time since 1902.
Celtic were linked with a move for Doig as recently as January, but nothing ever came of the speculation [Goal]. But speaking in his Daily Mail column [print edition, 08/05, page 115, McGowan believes a bargain deal is available should Celtic want it.
“Little sums up the state of paralysis at Parkhead more than the failure to register an interest in a left-back half the English Premier League are trying to snap up. Favourite to win Scotland’s Young Player of the Year, the 18-year-old should really be a no-brainer.
“The hopeless Diego Laxalt will follow Scott Brown and Shane Duffy out the door next week. And that leaves Greg Taylor as the only left-back in the building.
“Doig clearly lacks solid, prolonged first-team experience. He’s not the finished article. But he’s tall, technically strong, and Hibs are not asking for silly money. The player some regard as the next Kieran Tierney or Andrew Robertson is up for grabs for £1.2m.”
Stephen McGowan reveal is surprising; but do Celtic want Josh Doig this summer?
Celtic need to make at least one signing at left-back this summer. Whilst Doig looks every bit worth the punt at that price, there are doubts as to whether he’s ready to be thrown into the Celtic side.
For that’s what the new left-back signing has to be ready to do. As solid as Taylor is, we need an upgrade. We need a full-back that’s going to excite supporters down that side, and we don’t currently have that in the door at the moment. Doig is clearly going to be a player, and for that reason alone Celtic should be registering their interest. However, is he first-team material at Parkhead just now? That feels a touch over-the-top.
It’s all about how the player feels. Would he want to come to Celtic and sit on the bench, getting minutes here and there and being viewed as one for the long-term? Or would he see his immediate future at Hibs where he’s thriving on a weekly basis. Not to mention the interest from England too.
Every penny is also a prisoner this summer. Given the number of high-priority signings we need to make in the close season, Doig may not be looked upon as a priority. Not when we urgently need strikers, centre-backs, wingers, and first-choice full-backs.
Celtic may feel, even though Doig is a talent, that they could better use that £1.2m elsewhere. But if it can be spared, it would seem foolish not to ask the question of Hibs.
Then again, given how they handled the John McGinn fiasco and our general previous dealings with the Edinburgh club, don’t be surprised if they ramp up his valuation.