Celtic find themselves linked with direct Premiership rivals Hibernian as they scope out their exciting 18-year-old defensive talent. According to Goal, Josh Doig has attracted a lot of attention after establishing himself as a proven first team player for Hibs.
The report claims that Celtic are just one of several clubs eyeing up the Scottish rising star. The Hoops join Manchester City and Leeds in chasing his signature before the January transfer window slams shut.
Would Doig be a good fit for Celtic?
Celtic are in desperate need of strengthening their ranks after suffering a torrid 2020/21 season. Neil Lennon’s job hangs in the balance after reports of Rafael Benitez taking his place continue to circle.
The Bhoys are all but well and truly out of the Premiership title race now. Rivals Rangers top the table by a mammoth 23 points thanks to an unstoppable season and rather slippery form for Celtic. They are also out of the Europa League after finishing rock bottom of their group with the joint-most conceded goals in the competition.
Peter Lawwell will want to ensure Celtic are well-prepared for the road ahead before he departs from the club. He may be tempted to fish deep into his pockets and splash the cash on some new recruits. But one man he won’t have to splash too much on is Doig.
The 18-year-old currently earns just £600 per week for his efforts, which have come on in leaps and bounds recently. According to Transfermarkt, Doig has missed just eight of a possible 26 league matches so far this season and has contributed two assists and six clean sheets.
Diego Laxalt is reportedly holding out for a permanent move to Parkhead which will likely see him cemented as Celtic’s first choice left-back. By signing Doig, it gives free reign for fellow left defender Greg Taylor to explore new horizons.
The £8,200 per week left-back has been plugging some holes in Lennon’s squad this term. He has featured in midfield on six occasions so far this campaign and has contributed two assists from this position. Taylor notched a further one goal and three assists at left-back, showing his hunger to get forward and join the attack, via Transfermarkt.
Signing Doig would allow him to play a more attacking role whilst not leaving Laxalt exposed. The 18-year-old has already established himself as a top level player, so his age doesn’t count him out of serving as a solid back-up option at Celtic.