Hibs’ Josh Doig says he will have to put in the hard yards if he wants to get near the level of Arsenal star Kieran Tierney after beginning the road of emulation.

The 18-year-old is the latest left-back to win the Scottish Football Writers’ Young Player of the Year award, the Arsenal star having won it three times before heading south of the border. Doig’s form has had him linked with a move to Tierney’s club alongside a host of other English Premier League teams.

Winning awards and Arsenal links are coming easy for Doig after a breakthrough season at Hibs.

Winning awards and Arsenal links are coming easy for Doig after a breakthrough season at Hibs.

Doig admits he’s got a way to go before reaching the levels Tierney is at for Arsenal: “Growing up Kieran Tierney was one [I liked to watch]. Going to watch games, I always liked to watch him. He was so young but he always had that heart and desire, that aggression about him that was very inspiring.

“You could tell he was going to go far and what he is doing at Arsenal now is absolutely mental. He’s someone you want to idolise because of what he has done in his career already. He had set-backs too. I know when he was younger he got told he wasn’t big enough. I was the same, I was so skinny and I got released.

 

“He used those setbacks to drive forward. He is just someone that young left-backs in Scotland should be idolising. He is such a hard-working person and has that drive that you don’t see so much now. I can’t take it for granted because I know I will need to work hard if I want to get anywhere near him.”

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