Reliable reporter Stephen McGowan believes that Celtic could sign Hibernian left-back Josh Doig in a seven-figure deal this summer.
The Lowdown: Celtic’s previous interest
The Parkhead giants weren’t the only club linked with Doig at the turn of the year, though, with Premier League quartet Arsenal, Chelsea, Leeds and Manchester City all credited with an interest.
The Latest: £1.2m fee shared
Speaking in his Daily Mail column (print edition, 08/05, page 115), via 67 Hail Hail, McGowan shared the news and described a deal for the Hoops as a ‘no brainer’. He wrote:
“Little sums up the state of paralysis at Parkhead more than the failure to register an interest in a left-back half the English Premier League are trying to snap up. Favourite to win Scotland’s Young Player of the Year, the 18-year-old should really be a no-brainer.
“The hopeless Diego Laxalt will follow Scott Brown and Shane Duffy out the door next week. And that leaves Greg Taylor as the only left-back in the building.
“Doig clearly lacks solid, prolonged first-team experience. He’s not the finished article. But he’s tall, technically strong, and Hibs are not asking for silly money. The player some regard as the next Kieran Tierney or Andrew Robertson is up for grabs for £1.2m.”
Should Celtic make a move for Doig?
The Verdict: Doig to replace Laxalt?
We’re with McGowan in believing that a deal for Doig should be a no-brainer this summer.
Celtic will lose loanee Diego Laxalt back to AC Milan over the coming weeks, which may leave the club looking at possible additions to replace the Uruguayan.
Doig could rival Greg Taylor for a starting spot next season, with a view to then establishing himself as first choice at left-back in years to come.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard was impressed with the 18-year-old recently, labelling him as a player with ‘huge potential’.
Judging from what others have had to say about the teenager, the widespread Premier League interest and the reported £1.2m fee, we feel as if new Celtic CEO Dominic McKay should be all over this potential transfer.
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