Celtic target Josh Doig has signed a new deal with Hibernian.
The left-back, watched by Celtic, Arsenal and Chelsea in recent months [Sky Sports], is an exciting Scottish talent. Born into a generation of incredible Scottish full-backs, Doig, 18, has been tipped for a big future.
However, that big future will be with Hibs. For the meantime, at least. Jack Ross’ side announced Doig’s new contract this morning, via their official website:
“Josh Doig has agreed a new long-term contract with Hibernian.
“The 18-year-old Academy graduate has enjoyed an impressive breakthrough campaign, and that’s been reflected in the offer of fresh terms that will run until the summer of 2025.
“The Scotland Under-19 international is rightly regarded as one of the brightest emerging talents in the domestic game, and the club were keen to reward his hard work and recognise his contribution to a side sitting third in the Premiership.”
Josh Doig: Celtic will be disappointed, but undeterred
Although Greg Taylor is having an excellent season, Celtic will need to invest in the left-back position. The club are unlikely to part with €9m for Diego Laxalt. Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo’s Bhoys future is also in massive doubt. Therefore, reinforcements are needed for 21-22.
Doig’s new contract doesn’t mean Celtic won’t be in for him. However, it does complicate any plans the club might’ve had to acquire his talents. Clearly, the Scottish 18-year-old wants to repay the faith shown by Hibs. That’ll either manifest as a significant fee for his services, or a prolonged stay in Leith.
It’s interesting that Doig has taken this route. Across Edinburgh, former Celtic youth academy member Aaron Hickey left Hearts for Serie A. The Bologna full-back claimed that the Hoops came in for him, too, but the lure of Italy was too strong [Gazzetta Dello Sport].
Doig, however, has stuck to comfortable surroundings. His development this season has been rapid, with club legend Lewis Stevenson helping to mentor the youngster.
So, it’s a road bump, rather than a stop sign, for Celtic in their rumoured pursuit of Josh Doig. His price just went up.