Hibs head coach Jack Ross says Josh Doig’s potential move south will be ‘thoroughly deserved’ as the likes of Nottingham Forest circle.

The 45-year-old confirmed at the weekend that he left the SFWA Young Player of the Year out of his opening Scottish Premiership squad against Motherwell due to rising English interest. Premier League duo Burnley and Watford are thought to have have strong interest. A loan to Nottingham Forest has been mooted as part of the deals.

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Ross is aware he may lose his top teen talent as Nottingham Forest remain keen. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Doig burst onto the scene at left-back for Hibs last season and has been tracked by clubs across England and Europe. Ross believes the situation needs resolving: “At the moment he has good options. It’s thoroughly deserved because of what he’s done here.

“If it happens it’s a great reflection on us developing him in a short period of time, making him better and getting him to a level that he’s in demand to those type of clubs.  When you give a young player his debut and works with him through the course of a season, you grow close and he has done to me and my staff.

“You are protective of him as well. It’s just a reminder to him to stay calm within it.  The last two or three days have been more challenging. It’s very easy to say don’t get your head scrambled but he’s a young man. He’s a really good boy Josh.

“I can’t speak highly enough of him as a person and he’s handled it well to date. But for all concerned, us as a club and more Josh as a young man. I think we need it concluded one way or the other. If he ends up staying then fantastic. If he doesn’t then he goes with my best wishes.”

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