He’s had the likes of Arsenal and Leeds United linked with his name – but Darren McGregor can’t believe Hearts let Hibs star Josh Doig walk for free.

The teenage left-back has signed a new deal until 2025 at Easter Road, meaning Hibs should command a big fee when Doig hits the heights manager Jack Ross has tipped him for. Premier League clubs like Arsenal and Leeds United have been credited with interest alongside a host of other names.

Hibs' Doig has attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal and Leeds United.

Hibs’ Doig has attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal and Leeds United. (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But it was only a few years ago that city rivals Hearts released then-central midfielder Doig, something McGregor told hibs.pod he can’t grasp: “I keep saying it about Ryan Porteous and Doigy, but they’re just a couple of a number of young guys that we’ve got at Hibs that are way ahead of me and way ahead of the curve physically and technically.

“In football, everybody’s looking for the next big thing but these take a while to nurture. Hearts let Doigy go a season or two ago so shame on them. We’ve definitely benefited from that and I can’t see why you’d look at somebody like Doigy and think he wouldn’t be good enough to play in your first team. It’s just incredible.

“Everybody goes on about the technical aspect and the physical aspect. That’ll get you in the door, but a lot of the time it’s how you are around the place as a person, how you deal with adversity.

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Impressed with the youngster. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Doigy’s another one. He’s 18 – 19 this year – I couldn’t tell you half things I got up to when I was 19. This guy’s coming in here every day, he’s one of the best guys in training and he’s got a bright future, but he’s a level headed guy as well which is half the battle.”

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