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Things to know about the Scottish full-back


To attract the interest of a Premier League club you have to be pretty special, so when you hear that Josh Doig from Hibernian is being chased by around half of England’s top flight, you can probably guess how good-looking he is.

Despite just 20 senior appearances, the 18-year-old is on the wishlist of some of England’s biggest clubs – with Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea all in the running – while Scottish Premiership champion Celtic keep watch also the young.

With Doig on the hunt for a future celebrity, let’s take the opportunity to get ahead and find out exactly who this talented teenager is.

Josh Doig, Craig Conway
Josh Doig plays for Hibernian | Mark Runnacles / Getty Images

Scotland have made a habit of producing brilliant left-backs, with Liverpool’s Andy Robertson and Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney both showcasing their Premier League talents.

And Doig’s style of play isn’t too different from that of his compatriots.

His breathtaking runs have become a hallmark of his game since joining the Hibs’ first team, while his energy means he’s able to perform his defensive duties while providing an attack outlet.

Craig Wighton, Josh Doig
Doig embarks on an aerial challenge | Ian MacNicol / Getty Images

As if Hibs weren’t already rubbing their hands in rapture as they bragged about one of the league’s most talented young defenders, the fact that they took advantage of their local rivals to do so is even better. .

Doig signed for Hibs in 2019, but only after he was released by rival Edinburgh Hearts while still in school.

It could turn out to be enough a costly mistake of the Jam Tarts.

Finger party with Drey Wright
Doig party with Drey Wright | Ian MacNicol / Getty Images

While we are talking about its cost, what is its position at Hibs?

There are rumors that the Scottish Premiership team have already set the asking price for the teenager, and incredibly, they are only asking for £ 1million – £ 1million for a teenager…when you say it out loud it sounds pretty ridiculous, but given the inflated prices in modern gaming, it seems like a good deal to us.

Doig still has a two and a half year contract at Easter Road, so Hibs is certainly in no rush to sell. However, with the asking price already listed, it looks like they would be willing to part ways if the right money was offered.

Josh Doig, Matthew Kennedy
Doig in action against Aberdeen | Callum Landells / Getty Images

That probably won’t be too surprising considering he’s just old enough to go to the local store and buy a beer (we would have said “go to the pub” but, well, you know…) but Roig hasn’t yet. played a full season in the top flight.

The 18-year-old spent last season on loan at Queen’s Park, where he made seven appearances.

Staying at Easter Road this campaign, not only did he make his debut in August, but he also managed to solidify his place in the starting XI, making 17 appearances in the Scottish Premiership.

Cameron Harper, Jérémie Frimpong, Josh Doig
Finger challenges for a header against Celtic | Ian MacNicol / Getty Images

If Doig chooses to upgrade to one of the aforementioned behemoths in pursuit of his signing, playing time will undoubtedly be limited in his early years away from Hibernian, so the possibility of filling positions other than his natural left-back place will come. at hand.

The teenager has made his left-back position in the Hibs’ starting XI this season his own, but is also able to replace center-back when needed and play there more than once during his loan spell. at Queen’s Park.

Doig received his first international call-up for Scotland’s Under-18 squad in September 2019.

The Hibs left-back then made his debut as Billy Stark’s men triumphed 2-1 over Paraguay, an experience that will undoubtedly prove invaluable if he is ever to make the leap in the game. ‘senior team and challenge players like Robertson and Tierney.