Report: Celtic must move quickly to sign Josh Doig; Watford in talks with Hibernian

By David Walton

June 28, 2021

Celtic will need to move quickly to sign Josh Doig from Hibernian, with the Scottish Sun reporting that Watford are already in talks.

Sky Sports claimed back in January that the Hoops were eyeing up a move for Doig in the summer transfer window. However, it appears that there are several other interested parties in the mix.

The Sun reports that Watford have had a £2.5million bid knocked back for the left-back. The offer was said to have promises of further add-ons based on the player’s success. However, Hibs have said no.

The report from the Sun states that Watford are willing to do a deal for Doig up to £4m. It’s expected that they’ll return with a fresh offer. There have been no reports of Celtic tabling an offer for the defender as of yet.

As well as Celtic, the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea have also been linked with the player’s signature [Sky Sports]. However, it appears that Watford have made the first move.

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Celtic move for Josh Doig doesn’t look near; Hibernian look likely to send him down south

It would be disappointing to lose out on a young talent like Doig. He ended his breakthrough campaign last season with the SFWA Young Player of the Year award.

It’s important for Celtic to try and consume the best young players Scottish football has to offer. Doig fits that bill, and would undoubtedly turn into solid left-back for the football club if we made the move.

However, you have to wonder whether the Hoops would be willing to splash out as much as £4m for him. For that kind of cash, Celtic fans would expect Doig to be our first-choice left-back. I’m not convinced that he’s an upgrade on Greg Taylor just yet. He’s on his way to being that, but his mega transfer fee would demand that he makes an immediate impact.

Josh Doig battles for Hibernian against St Johnstone (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Of course, Hibs won’t hesitate to send him down south if they get an acceptable offer. Just look at what they did with John McGinn. You can’t deny that the Easter Road club has been difficult to deal with for Celtic over the years. They won’t make it easy with Doig either.

If anything, what the Watford bid shows is that Hibs won’t be selling on the cheap. Doig’s valuation is already pretty meteoric for a young Premiership talent with one full season of football to his name. But the Hibbees are in a strong position given his contract doesn’t run out until 2025.

At the moment, Celtic don’t appear to even be at the races regarding Doig. The longer we wait, the more chance Watford has of securing their man unopposed.

In other news, Celtic-linked Piero Hincapie has helped shut out Brazil with a fine performance.