Josh Doig: 'Player comes first', says Hibs as clubs 'jostle' for left-back

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland
Hibs academy graduate Josh Doig looks to have played his last game for the club
Hibs academy graduate Josh Doig looks to have played his last game for the club

Josh Doig's "welfare" is Hibernian's priority amid "strong interest" in the teenage defender, says new chief executive Ben Kensell.

On Sunday, manager Jack Ross said the 19-year-old left-back was "highly likely" to move on soon, with Watford and Burnley both linked with him.

Kensell confirmed the "strong interest" and said: "We have to do is do what's best for the club but also the player."

Doig was left out of the squad for Hibs' 3-2 victory at Motherwell.

Head coach Jack Ross said on Sunday the defender has "a number of suitors" and that the situation "needs to reach a head one way or the other" for all parties.

Doig made the breakthrough at Hibs last season with 35 appearances and was nominated for PFA Scotland young player of the year.

Ross would not divulge the clubs interested, only saying the player's next destination is "possibly" England.

"What he has achieved over the past 12 months is phenomenal," said Kensell. "He has all the attributes to go all the way and be a very good footballer in the future in terms of playing at a much higher level, potentially.

"There has been concrete interest. There is always jostling in this environment and we have to make sure the player comes first.

"You have to bare in mind we are talking about a human being here and a young lad that has done fantastically for the club."

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