Reported Celtic target commits future with club until 2026

By Euan Davidson

November 20, 2021

Hibernian defender Josh Doig, a reported Celtic transfer target [Sky Sports], has committed his future to the Edinburgh side.

Doig, alongside former Hearts man Aaron Hickey, were both linked with moves to Celtic. With struggles in the full-back positions last season, it made sense. Sky Sports believed that Celtic were amongst a list of clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea in monitoring the young Scotsman.

However, no move materialised. Celtic have added Josip Juranovic and Liam Scales, who can both play left-back, to the squad. Meanwhile, Boli Bolingoli has played on occasion for the Hoops this season.

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And now Doig, who’s played 12 games across all competitions this season [Transfermarkt], has signed a new deal until 2026 [Hibernian FC].

Upon signing the deal, Doig said [Hibernian FC]:

“I’m absolutely delighted. I absolutely love this club and it was a no brainer to sign.

“Now getting this done puts a real plan in place for me. I love working with everyone here, I’m so happy here and wouldn’t change it for the world.”

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Any interest Celtic may have had in target Josh Doig is surely gone for now

Whether Ange Postecoglou is still looking for a left-back is only really known to him and his staff. As a young Scottish defender with potential, it wouldn’t be unfair to assume the Celtic manager might’ve looked at Doig.

In some respects, given all the justified hype about him last year, Doig has actually improved his game. It isn’t shocking for such a young player to do so, but there have been statistical improvements across the board for Doig so far this season.

His passing is much better, averaging more accurate distributions per 90, with 71.4% compared to 62% last season [WhoScored?]. In terms of build-up play, his game is making strides.

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Whether he’ll go on to star for Scotland in a crowded field of left-backs is yet to be seen.

From Hibernian’s perspective though, they’ve played a blinder. They’ve kept their best players, and in Doig’s case, secured their future.

If Celtic had any real interest of late, it’ll be on the back-burner for now, at least.

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