Hibernian left-back Josh Doig says he is not letting transfer speculation go to his head after admitting that he became distracted when he was linked with moves away from Easter Road last summer.
Celtic, Arsenal, Watford and Leeds were all said to be interested in the Scotland Under 21 international and, while those four teams have not been mentioned as potential suitors recently, there has been more talk about the player’s future over the past week. It was reported that Sassuolo had a scout in the stands for the game against Aberdeen last weekend but Doig says he is now trying to avoid reading about the rumours:
“I am kind of getting used to it, I have learned from the summer when I let it distract me a little bit. I am ignoring it and getting on with the football. Don’t look at anything, Twitter, Instagram, stay away from it all, just play your football, at the end of the day, that’s what will get you your move in the end.”
“You have your family, your pals, telling you all sorts of things. It is nice to hear sometimes but as a professional you need to put it to the back of your mind and just get on with training and playing every day and just enjoying your football.”
It could be argued that Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou could do with another option on the left-hand side of defence. Liam Scales has been deployed there, but more often than not Josip Juranovic has been asked to play out of position if Greg Taylor is not available.
Doig could be a solution to consider, but it was reported last summer that Hibs were demanding around £5m. If his price tag remains that high now, though, Celtic will probably look at other targets instead.