Josh Doig is on his way out of Hibernian and former Easter Road ace Tam McManus “would be amazed” if Celtic weren’t at the front of the queue for his signature, speaking to the Daily Record.
While the Glasgow giants have expressed an interest in one former Hearts youngster – although a deal for Aaron Hickey appears to have hit the buffers – speculation linking Doig with a move to Parkhead dried up some time ago.
In January, Goal reported that after the 19-year-old had forced his way into Jack Ross’s starting XI, Celtic were one of the early front runners.
At the time, it was believed Doig would cost as little as £1 million.
Flash forward seven months and, after being named SFWA young player of the year on the back of a dazzling breakthrough season, Doig’s price tag has increased fivefold.
Perhaps Celtic think £5 million is too much for a teenage full-back, especially in this covid-hit market place.
Furthermore, with a host of Premier League clubs throwing their hat into the ring – Arsenal are keen while many Hibs supporters believe West Ham will be his destination – Celtic look a dot on the horizon these days, barely visible in the rear-view mirror as Doig prepares to move south of the border.
Will Celtic still move for Josh Doig now he’ll cost £5m?
“Josh Doig shouldn’t be leaving Hibs for anything less than a record fee,” McManus says of a man who was left out of the Premiership opener against Motherwell last weekend.
“That’s a big statement given Scott Brown’s £4.4 million sale to Celtic 14 years ago remains the largest piece of business the Easter Road club has conducted. But Doig is worth every penny of that figure – and more.
“I would be amazed if Celtic weren’t still sniffing about. No disrespect but he is already a better player than Greg Taylor at just 19.
“You could buy (Doig) for £5 million and sell him for £10 million to £15 million somewhere down the line. I’ve no doubt he will continue to develop and, sooner or later, become a top Premier League player.
“(Josh) deserves it. He’s got all the attributes – physicality, athletic, quick, can get up and down the park all day, and has a good delivery.”
As it stands, 23-year-old Taylor remains Postecoglou’s first-choice left-back with just a few weeks of the window remaining.
There are doubts, however, over whether the former Kilmarnock man has the technical ability to thrive in the Australian’s free-flowing system.