Hearts have been criticised by Hibernian star Darren McGregor as he bigged up reported Celtic target Josh Doig.
Back in January, the Hoops were linked with a move for the £1million-rated left-back [Goal]. However, the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea have also been reported as monitoring the Easter Road youngster [Sky Sports].
It’s been a breakthrough season for the talented Scottish youngster. Doig has managed 23 appearances for Jack Ross’ third-place Hibees as a European place beckons [Transfermarkt].
However, he signed for the Hibees back in 2019 after spending his youth days with rivals Hearts. Even this early on, it looks as though the Jambos have made a major error. And Hibs rival McGregor couldn’t resist a dig as he bigged up the potential future Celtic full-back.
As quoted by Deadline News, McGregor said: “Hearts let Doigy go a season or two ago. Shame on them but we’ve definitely benefitted from that. I can’t see why you would look at someone like Doigy and think that he wouldn’t be good enough to play in your first team, just incredible.
“He’s 18, 19 this year, and I could not tell you half the things I got up to when I was 19. This guy is coming in here everyday, he is one of the best guys in training – athletically, physically.
“He is one of the best technically and he has a really bright future. He is a level headed guy as well which is half the battle.”
Major question mark over Celtic’s interest in former Hearts youngster Josh Doig after managerial turnover
Doig looked like one to keep an eye on when Neil Lennon was the manager. And he still is. But there are now major question marks to be asked about the club’s interest in the Hibs starlet nowadays.
Whilst it’s clear Doig has both the offensive and defensive attributes to be a top wing-back, nobody knows how Celtic will look next season. Everyone has their own opinion on who the new manager will be. And it’s the same with the new Director of Football, should we even appoint on.
In addition to that, nobody knows what style of football we’ll be playing. It could be the case that any new manager wants to play without wing-backs for example. There just feels like there’s too much uncertainty at the moment to have Doig labelled as a stick-on this summer.
His development would be best served staying at Easter Road for now. After a loan spell with Queen’s Park last season, he’s still extremely inexperienced. Another year of first-team football with Ross’ side, and potentially a first taste of European football, would be huge for him.
It would also give the new Celtic regime the opportunity to have a look at Doig for themselves. An opportunity to play against him and have him monitored under a new scouting set-up.
But you can’t deny how highly he’s rated in the capital. Hibs undoubtedly won’t be letting him go on the cheap.