Celtic transfer target reveals his 'big inspiration' is Bhoys hero Kieran Tierney; Arsenal also keen

By John McGinley

March 21, 2021

Celtic transfer target Josh Doig has revealed in an interview that one of his big inspirations is former Bhoys hero Kieran Tierney.

Celtic were credited with an interest in Doig towards the end of January by Sky Sports.

It was said that Arsenal and Chelsea were also tracking his progress ahead of a potential summer move.

Doig recently signed a new long-term contract with Hibernian until the summer of 2025.

However, The Scottish Daily Mail (16/03 print edition, page 76) have reported since that it could still only cost £1.5m to sign him in the upcoming transfer window.

It’s an intriguing situation and now the teenager has spoken out about his footballing inspirations, one of which is the former Celtic star.

Doig was a massive fan of the left-back during his time at Paradise.

The Hibernian star told The Scottish Daily Mail (21/03 print edition, page 144): “I remember watching Kieran Tierney playing for Celtic and I thought he was unbelievable. He is a big inspiration for me, just because of the amount of heart and desire he has.

“I’d say Andy Robertson is the best left-back in the world at the moment. He’s a great person to idolise. I always try to watch him when Liverpool are on TV.

“Both have that drive and hunger for the game. You need that if you are going to play at the top level. That’s something I look up to and want to have.”

Josh Doig and Celtic to cross paths?

After a loan spell at Queen’s Park in Scottish League Two, Doig has impressively broken into the Hibs side on a consistent basis despite his age.

The 18-year-old has made 26 appearances this season, scoring his first senior goal and providing four assists.

Now attracting attention from scouts from some massive clubs, Celtic could do a lot worse than seriously considering making a move for him this summer.

Reported Celtic target Josh Doig / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Clearly, he’s aware of the potential development path at the Hoops. He could follow in the footsteps of his hero Tierney if he applies himself in the correct manner.

Celtic do have issues on that flank this summer. Diego Laxalt is probably going to return to AC Milan. Boli Bolingoli hardly has a future at the club either. That leaves just Greg Taylor available and he’s yet to fully convince.

Bringing in Doig could prove to be a shrewd move. If he’s already on the radar of cash-rich clubs, Celtic could get in early on Doig’s potential as an asset as well as a left-back.

In other news, Alex Neil, considered by Celtic before second Lennon appointment, enters job market.