Report: Celtic-linked Josh Doig wants first-team football if he leaves Hibs

By David Walton

June 10, 2021

Josh Doig is said to be looking for regular first-team football if he’s to leave Hibs this summer, reports.

Arsenal and Celtic have been two of the clubs linked with a move for the impressive young Hibs left-back [Sky Sports]. After a breakthrough campaign at Easter Road that resulted in a Scotland under-21 call-up, Hibs had reportedly bolstered his valuation to £5million [].

However, despite the interest, the player’s main goal is to be playing regularly. This is why, according to the report, he’s unlikely to end up at Arsenal. The website claims the Gunners have been monitoring his progress closely over the last few months. But if he signed on at the Emirates, he would be up against Kieran Tierney for minutes.

Arsenal have yet to approach Hibs with a formal offer, claims. But they remain keen on landing the exciting young prospect.

Celtic, meanwhile, are in real need of left-back reinforcements this summer. Greg Taylor isn’t of the quality we need, whilst Boli Bolingoli can’t be trusted either. A move for Doig, then, wouldn’t surprise.

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It says a lot about Doig’s maturity that he knows where his priorities should lie this summer. It’s so easy to read the names of clubs interested and think it’s the next logical step in his career. Truthfully, the next step is indeed the one where he’s playing regularly and on a week-to-week basis.

Moving to Arsenal or Chelsea and being just another number in the development squad is the worst thing he could do. It would quickly tarnish his reputation and all of a sudden he would be considered a prospect that faded away. That’s how it tends to work with the big English clubs. When they need a new player, they go out and splash big money on them.

As for whether Doig could play regularly at Celtic, that’s a more interesting question. If the Hoops were to splash anywhere near £5m, and you have to imagine there would be room for negotiation there, he would have to be our first choice. Celtic don’t pay upwards of £4m for players who aren’t expected to make an instant impact.

Josh Doig in action against Celtic / (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The question then would be whether he’s worth that kind of money. You can say you’re buying potential, but that doesn’t help us in the here and now. The new Celtic boss needs players who are going to make a big difference immediately.

Doig could easily be that player, but it would require plenty of trust in him from the football club and his new manager. It could easily be the case that Postecoglou has an alternative left-back on his agenda. Celtic have also been linked with a move for Aaron Hickey this summer too [Scottish Sun].

But Doig’s demands appear clear. He wants first-team football on a consistent basis. That surely rules out both Arsenal and Chelsea.

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