Report: AC Milan are showing interest in Celtic target Josh Doig; 11 clubs now linked

By John McGinley

May 21, 2021

Italian giants AC Milan are the latest club to have a transfer interest in Hibernian defender and Celtic target Josh Doig, The Scottish Daily Mail reports (21/05 print edition, back page).

Journalist Stephen McGowan believes the Italians have joined Watford, Club Brugge, Aston Villa, Leeds United, Southampton, Stoke City and Cardiff City in showing interest in the player.

It’s thought that Milan see him as a young understudy for first-choice French 23-year-old Theo Hernandez.

Where do Celtic come into Josh Doig speculation?

Celtic’s interest in Doig was last reported in January by Sky Sports, who believe that Arsenal and Chelsea are also keen on the teenager.

That means at least 11 clubs have now been linked to the player.

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If Celtic do indeed want to sign him then they’d do well to make a move early in the summer transfer window.

Our situation is obviously complicated by the manager situation, so it’s not as if we’ll be jumping in immediately.

Although scouting and recruitment is often done by committee at the Hoops, it’s thought that our managers do generally have the final say on signings.

That could be a problem with reports emerging that Watford are already in talks to sign the player. [Watford Observer]

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

Doig has enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough season at Hibs, making 34 appearances in all competitions. His 35th is expected to come tomorrow when the Easter Road side take on St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup Final.

Still just 18, Doig has excellent potential and Celtic would do well to keep him on these shores while he develops further.

We badly need recruits on that left flank and buying in on Doig now could pay off with a go-to choice over the coming years as well as eventual transfer profit.

In other news, are Celtic about to sell season tickets without a manager in place?