With all signs suggesting Arsenal and West Ham target Josh Doig has played his final game in the iconic green-and-white shirt of Hibernian, an inquest is under way on the rain-specked streets of Leith.
Considering the SFWA young player of the year has been frequently labelled the second coming of Kieran Tierney, it’s difficult to dispel the notion a fee in the region of £4 million for arguably the most exciting teenager in Scotland is, by modern standards, a bargain.
Arsenal paid more than £20 million for Tierney after all.
However, Tierney was 22 and an established Scotland international when he swapped Glasgow for London. Doig is only 19 and has just 28 Premiership appearances under his belt.
And while some suggest Hibs should keep hold of Doig for another year or two in the hope his market value soars after another season of first-team football, it seems a fee in excess of £4 million is simply too good to turn down in the current market.
“My understanding is it is highly likely Josh will move from the club,” manager Jack Ross told Sky after the swashbuckling left-back was left out of the team for yesterday’s 3-2 opening day win at Motherwell.
“We have to prepare for that eventuality. It looks like that will happen soon. There has been strong interest (in Doig) that I think the club are trying to finalise this week, one way or another.”
Arsenal and West Ham among suitors for Josh Doig
Where Doig ends up next is anyone’s guess.
Here’s what some Hibs fans had to say about the situation on Twitter: