Former Celtic midfielder and assistant manager John Collins has been raving about Hibernian defender Josh Doig after his performance in the Scottish Cup today.
Doig played 105 minutes for the Edinburgh side in a penalties win over Motherwell that puts them through to a massive semi-final at Hampden.
The youngster was an energetic presence throughout, as he has been all season, and Collins reckons bigger teams will be on the hunt for his signature this season.
Speaking to BBC Sportsound after tonight’s match (19:47), he said: “I’ve got to talk about young Doig at left-back. From start to finish, up and down the full length of the pitch, what a shift he does for the team.
“Defensively he does his job, nobody gets past him, very few crosses came in. Up and down. He’s been a terrific signing. I wouldn’t be surprised if they get a decent offer for him in the summer.
“He’s only 18, I don’t think it’s the right time for him to move on. The most important thing for him is getting 90 minutes every week and developing.”
What is the Celtic link to Josh Doig?
The teenager has had an excellent breakthrough campaign under Jack Ross and is already the subject of lots of transfer speculation.
He’s made 30 appearances in all competitions, cementing his place as the go-to pick at left-back.
Back in January, Sky Sports reported that Celtic were one of a number of teams tracking Doig’s progress and considering a summer move for the player.
However, Hibs have also moved to protect their position, tying him down to a long-term contract that doesn’t expire until 2025.
As Collins notes, the best place for his development right now is likely Hibs.
However, with Celtic in need of a left-back to replace Diego Laxalt and Boli Bolingoli, could Celtic offer him both a move to a bigger club and a regular starting spot under a new manager?
It’s worth considering given his rise at senior level in the Scottish Premiership.