Hibernian manager Jack Ross has admitted that precocious talent Josh Doig, targeted by Celtic, may be a difficult player for Hibernian to hold on to.
It was reported late last month by Sky Sports that Celtic, Arsenal and Chelsea were all closely monitoring the Hibs wing-back with a view to recruiting him.
Doig has emerged as one of the best young prospects in the Scottish Premiership, earning himself a regular spot in Ross’ starting eleven.
As we discussed over the weekend, he was particularly impressive on Saturday, assisting and scoring in a 2-0 win over Hamilton Academical.
In the wake of that performance, Ross had nothing but praise for the 18-year-old. However, he did admit the player may not be at Easter Road for very long.
As quoted by The Sunday Mail (22/02 print edition, page 62), the Hibs boss said: “It’s another big milestone for Josh.
“I’m not saying he’s gone under the radar but there has been less hype than I expected around a boy who is playing regularly for a team challenging at the top end of the table.
“His development has been excellent and it’s really encouraging for us. He showed real energy and composure to score his goal. He’ll be on the radar of a lot of clubs kust because of his athletic ability, his stature and the role he plays.
“He’s still got improvement in him but his mentality is very good. He’s willing to get better and he’s grounded. He could be another one who makes it difficult for us to hold on to. But we’re enjoying having him right now.”
Doig is not the finished product yet and his development is probably best served at a club that can guarantee him first-team football.
However, given his progress this season, he’s definitely worth keeping an eye on as we consider the future of the left-back position.
Boli Bolingoli is unlikely to play for the club again, while Diego Laxalt will probably return to AC Milan. That just leaves Greg Taylor, but does he have the potential to be a long-term first-choice pick on the flank?
With big clubs already circling around Doig, Celtic should definitely be staying in touch.