Josh Doig has been nominated for Young Player of the Year – and the 18-year-old should win the prize for form at Hibs that has earned links to the likes of Leeds United according to Easter Road manager Jack Ross.
Not only has Doig made a huge impression as Hibs’ first-choice left-back this season in the Scottish Premiership, he has had to deal with huge links south of the border, with big clubs like Arsenal and Leeds United mentioned with a transfer interest in him.
After spending some of last season on loan at Queen’s Park, Doig will now compete with Lewis Ferguson, David Turnbull and Nathan Patterson for the Scottish Football Writers Association’s Young Player of the Year. Ross has hailed the youngster’s mentality amid continuous transfer links to Leeds United and others.
The Hibs manager said: “Everybody is obviously going to be biased towards their own player but I would have been astonished if he hadn’t been nominated. I believe he should win it, that’s very obvious for me to say. But he’s the youngest in that quartet. In the case of Lewis and David, he’s significantly younger.
“To have the season he has had at 18 years of age, to show the maturity he has, to show the improvement he has over the course of a whole season, it’s outstanding. The mindset and psychology is a hugely significant part of sport. Josh has shown the ability to handle challenges on the pitch.
“He has the temperament and character that is very well suited to elite sport. He has handled his very steep upward curve brilliantly. If you have the chance to talk with him, you’ll appreciate that right away. There’s an innocence about him. There’s a youthfulness there but it’s circled by maturity and awareness of what it takes to be successful.
“That’s why I am so excited by him and he can go on to have a top career as he’s got physical and football attributes everyone can see. But he’s got a mindset that is geared towards having a successful career. I’m delighted for him to get that personal recognition and I think reflects well upon us as a club. I hope he goes on to win it.”
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