Former Hibs manager John Collins says Josh Doig has to choose ‘the right moment’ to leave the Easter Road club amid links to big clubs like Leeds United.

The 18-year-old – who has been nominated for the SFWA Young Player of the Year award – has been linked to Arsenal and Leeds United courtesy of his breakthrough season at Hibs. Doig has been a standout for Jack Ross’ team who currently sit third in the Scottish Premiership and will contest the Scottish Cup semi-finals this weekend.

Josh Doig has been linked to Leeds United.

Josh Doig has been linked to Leeds United. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

While the likes of Leeds United will be tempting, Collins says Doig could take a leaf out of Scotland star Kieran Tierney’s book, who made the switch to Arsenal last season: “You can go somewhere and get more money but if you are sitting on the bench or in the stand, life isn’t quite as fun.

“It’s about getting the balance right. The financial rewards will be there but it’s about choosing the right moment and time to go.  So many times we see players move too early and they disappear. These English clubs have huge squads and they just stock up on young talent with potential.

“A great example for Doig is Kieran Tierney. He was a regular for many years at Celtic and then moved to Arsenal at the right time. It was good money for Celtic and good wages for Kieran. But most important of all, he is a first-team player at Arsenal. He didn’t go as a squad player too young.”

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