Josh Doig is certainly having a fine season, but there may be one game against Celtic that stands out for the wrong reasons.
Nobody can have a pop at the campaign the Hibs left-back has had. He’s become the SFWA Young Player of the Year, and has been linked with the likes of Celtic, Arsenal, and Chelsea [Sky Sports]. Not bad for a breakthrough season.
Everything he’s touching is turning to gold, and the player himself has in recent days reaffirmed his commitment to Hibs [The Scotsman].
Doig only has two games remaining in the league this season before a Scottish Cup final vs St Johnstone to round things off. However, one of those league matches should also hold extra importance to him – a home clash with Celtic on Saturday. The final league game of the season.
So long as no knocks are picked up when both sides play respective fixtures on Wednesday night, Doig is due to come up against James Forrest. Scottish football’s best winger has missed the vast majority of the campaign through injury. However, after returning last month, he’s starting to find some form to end the season.
Josh Doig could do with taming Forrest in Celtic clash
Doig has plenty to prove against Jamesy, outside of the fact that this is naturally an intriguing battle. Indeed, back in September, Doig was hooked at half-time when Hibs were bossed 3-0 at Parkhead. Lewis Stevenson came on in his place after Doig had a nightmare against Jeremie Frimpong.
When the Hibs youngster wasn’t being caught high up the pitch, he simply couldn’t deal with Frimpong’s pace. The painful experience led to Martin Boyle needing to put an arm around him as he consoled the full-back [Scottish Sun].
He’ll be up against potentially a bigger threat this weekend in Forrest. Doig hasn’t had the chance to come up against James in his career, and it’ll be intriguing to see if he’s defensively more disciplined. Positioning was a big problem against Frimpong, and if he lets Forrest get in behind just as often, he’ll put Hibs in major trouble.
It gives Celtic fans a battle to look out for in a largely meaningless game for us. With Hibs going for European football, they’ll likely play as strong a side as possible. Celtic, meanwhile, will likely want to keep giving Forrest more game-time after his hellish injury.
And it sets up an exciting clash between Scotland’s most exciting up-and-coming full-back and the country’s best and most decorated winger. As Hoops fans, we naturally want James to come out on top and help bag us a long-overdue win in Leith.
But it would be nice if Doig could show what he’s learned from his chastening September experience in Glasgow.