Hibs’ Josh Doig has been awarded the Scottish Football Writers Double Tree by Hilton Young Player of the Year award.
The 18-year-old left back has burst onto the scene at Hibs this year and his form has earned links to big Premier League clubs like Leicester City and Leeds United. He has made 32 appearances following a loan spell at Queen’s Park last term and Doig has beaten Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson, Celtic’s David Turnbull and Rangers’ Nathan Patterson to the award.
On top of individual silverware and links to the likes of Leeds United and Leicester City, Doig could further write himself into Hibs history by the end of this month. He shone as Hibs beat Dundee United 2-0 in the first Scottish Cup semi-final of the season to set up a match with St Mirren or St Johnstone in the final on May 22nd.
Manager Jack Ross has been thrilled with Doig throughout the season and Leeds United links should be taken as a personal ‘compliment’: “I think over the season they have become accustomed to it. Josh and others have been accustomed to speculation throughout the season and they have shown they can handle it.
“For a player, it’s better to have interest than nobody caring about you. So, if they handle it the right way, they should be excited by it and they should take it as a compliment as they grow in stature from it, the fact their performances have attracted interest and speculation, and whatever else that brings.
“Hopefully that is reflected in the type of performance they produce.”
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