Hibernian youngster Josh Doig may not be a household name right now, but he is certainly attracting major interest.
Doig, 18, actually came through the ranks with Hibs’ city rivals Heart of Midlothian, but joined Hibs back in 2019.
After a loan spell with Queen’s Park last year, Doig has now become a first-team regular at Easter Road, shining under the stewardship of Jack Ross.
Primarily a left back or left wing back, Doig has been showing outstanding quality and maturity for such a young player – and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Goal reported in January that Celtic want to sign Doig and keep in Scotland, but Arsenal, Manchester City and Leeds United also want him.
Hibernian at least managed to keep hold of Doig beyond January, but manager Ross is seemingly realistic about the situation.
Speaking to the Scottish Daily Mail (22/01, p62), Ross admitted that it may be difficult to keep hold of Doig when the summer window opens.
Ross added that he knows clubs will want him because of his athleticism and his rapid development, but Hibs are just enjoying having him for now, before the interest really rams up.
“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,” said Ross. “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 just 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,” he added.