Josh Doig says he is back to his best after speculation over leaving Scottish Premiership club Hibs for the likes of Leeds United played on his mind ‘a wee bit.’

Hibs head coach Jack Ross said after the first game of the league season against Motherwell that Doig was ‘likely’ to leave the Easter Road side. Doig was linked with plenty of teams, including AC Milan and Leeds United, but a quiet Deadline Day and Scotland U21s duty has helped left-back Doig take his mind off transfer talk.

The likes of Leeds United were keen on Josh Doig.

The likes of Leeds United were keen on Josh Doig. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He said: “Being away with Scotland here at the end of the transfer window took me away from it. I was in my bed at 9pm sleeping so I wasn’t aware of what was happening! I knew there would always be talk, but there’s talk about any young player who has come through. In the last few weeks I’d been ok.

“But it was the game where I was taken out of the squad I remember. The week before that there were days when I was going and days when I wasn’t going. The gaffer at Hibs was smart taking me out because I was all over the place a wee bit. It gave me time to reflect and get focused on football again.

“The next week we were playing Ross County and I played well. At the end of the day, that is what gets you in the team and that is what gets you moves. Ever since then I just realised I need to focus on football. I’ve always said I was happy at Hibs. There was a lot of talk and it was playing on my mind a wee bit.”

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