Hibernian starlet Josh Doig admits it is ‘obviously exciting’ to be linked with a summer move to Premier League giants Leicester City, Manchester City, and Leeds United, speaking to Edinburgh Live.
At this stage, with reports on both sides of the border claiming that the teenage Scot has more admirers than a rare rump steak in an enclosure of hungry lions, Hibs chief Ron Gordon might have felt that it was pointless trying to play things down any longer.
Speaking to The Sun last week, Gordon confirmed that Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers had shown an ‘interest’ in taking Doig to the King Power Stadium.
He’s not alone.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are also interested along with Arsenal, The Sun reported last week.
“It is obviously exciting,” admits Doig, who’s future remains uncertain despite signing a new long-term contract just a few weeks ago.
“The first I seen of it was when my dad showed me on Twitter. It is still madness to myself, but I can’t focus on that too much.
“But it is exciting and it is a confidence boost for myself when big clubs like that seem to be interested.
“It’s brilliant to look up to your likes of Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson because if they can do it, coming from Scotland, that’s the dream. That’s the hope that you are driving towards.”
Goal reported in January that Hibernian are likely to demand a fee in the region of £1.5 million for Doig.
Scottish giants Celtic apparently see the 18-year-old as a key part of the summer rebuild at Parkhead, with Diego Laxalt expected to return to AC Milan at the end of a rather inconsistent loan spell.