Charlie Nicholas urges Celtic to spend £4m on left-footer
Charlie Nicholas has claimed in his Daily Express column – as per The Sun – that Celtic need to pursue a deal for Hibernian talent Josh Doig. The teenager enjoyed a brilliant 2020-21 campaign at Easter Road. Now, Celtic icon Nicholas believes he would be a good signing for Ange Postecoglou.
Doig, 19, clocked up 36 appearances for Hibs last season under the guidance of Jack Ross. Not only did he impress at Easter Road, but he has also attracted attention from Premier League clubs. The Metro claim Arsenal are interested, and that Hibs want a figure in the region of £5million.
But Nicholas, who played for both Arsenal and Celtic, has urged the latter to lure him to Parkhead. The Hoops have been without a permanent left-back since selling Kieran Tierney to Arsenal – Greg Taylor struggling and Diego Laxalt returning to Milan. Nicholas believes Doig is the man to fill the void.
“If I was Ange Postecoglou I would sign Josh Doig because he could be the next Kieran Tierney,” Nicholas said. “Why wouldn’t Celtic go into the market and try and sign him? I think Doig has great potential and could flourish into a real Tierney type. If it was to take £3m or £4m, then why not pay it?”
Is Doig good business for Celtic at £4m, amid Nicholas claim?
He is a good left-back with plenty of potential. But is it fair to compare him to Tierney? Is it fair to make him Celtic’s number one left-back having played less than 40 senior outings? No. Celtic need a more-experienced option on the left side, with Doig getting games here and there.
At £4million, is it worth spending so much on a player that would ultimately be – or should be – second choice? No. Celtic’s budget is likely to be limited this summer and other areas require strengthening more so than left-back. To splurge £4million in that position might be a bit of a waste.