Hibernian defender Josh Doig has claimed that it has been ‘unbelievable’ to see his name mentioned alongside the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea on social media amid speculation that the 18-year-old could be set for a move to the Premier League. Doig has worked his way into the first-team picture at the Scottish side this season, playing 20 times under Jack Ross since making his senior debut in August.
The teenager has been making plenty of waves north of the border with a number of assured performances at the back, attracting considerable interest from a host of top-flight clubs.
Although Doig is excited by the speculation, he has stressed that his focus remains with Hibs as they aim to finish the season as the best of the rest behind both Old Firm clubs.
“It’s crazy seeing your name everywhere but it’s good to know that all the hard work I am putting in is getting the attention of the big clubs,” Doig told Sky Sports.
“It is crazy for me but it’s good. What’s for you won’t go by you if you put all the hard work in but seeing all these big teams interested, it’s unbelievable.
“I’m scrolling through Twitter and I am seeing my name everywhere, it’s madness, I can’t get over it. I can’t get distracted as we know there are big games coming up we need to win.
“It’s great having your name everywhere but you can’t let it distract you. It’s obviously good but there’s big three points to be won.
“I am just keeping my head down and not taking anything for granted. I have to push forward.”
Scottish football has emerged as something of a production line for quality left-backs in recent years.
Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney are both enjoying excellent careers in the Premier League after impressing as youngsters for Dundee United and Celtic respectively.
Doig continued, revealing that he is aiming to emulate his country’s previous exports and potentially make a splash at the highest levels of the game.
“I try and watch them as much as I can, they are both absolutely flying at the moment,” he added.
“They are such an inspiration for young Scottish players, especially playing in my position. You can’t get any better than that.
“Seeing what they are doing is unbelievable, and I try and base as much of my game on theirs as possible because they are doing something right.”
Doig’s performances have earned high praise from Hibs manager Ross, who previously hailed the young defender’s impact since breaking into the team at the beginning of the campaign.
“At 18-years-old, for Josh to have played so many games and made the impact he has is impressive,” Ross told reporters earlier in the season. “He is growing all the time in stature and becoming more confident.
“I speak often enough about Lewis [Stevenson, the club’s longest-serving player] supporting and helping him, and I think that we’ve used Josh sensibly this year, in terms of the times we’ve brought him out of the team.
“But at the moment, he is in the team on merit, which is great for him.”