Hibs manager Jack Ross has been left encouraged for Scotland’s full-back future after Josh Doig showed up well against Nathan Patterson following his links to Arsenal.
Doig’s breakthrough season has been noticed south of the border and the likes of Arsenal and Leeds United have kept an eye on his progress. Doig and Rangers full-back Nathan Patterson enjoyed a close battle in the 2-1 Gers win over Hibs, the Leith left-back drawing comparisons to the likes of Scotland star Kieran Tierney.
And while disappointed to lose the match, the full-back battle excited Hibees manager Ross: “It’s encouraging that you have two teenagers playing for two really big clubs in the country. Both had parts of the game where they could say they were on top. It’s the first time I have seen Nathan Patterson up close and he’s a really good player.
“Equally, Josh has been exceptional. It’s nice to highlight the fact that we had two teenagers playing directly against each other in a big game for two big teams. We’re obviously disappointed to lose the game. We’ll never be satisfied with that.
“But it’s very difficult to be critical of the team. We’ve pushed very hard against a very good team who have had an exceptional season. They are a good side with some really good players and it’s tough to play against. Like the last time we were here, we caused them a lot of problems as well and that’s testament to the performance the players produced.
“The goal was a nice reward for the players because I think they deserved it. But we wanted to come here and take something. We have been brave with our choices in terms of personnel and how we tried to play the game, recognising that Rangers would cause us problems at times.”
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