Former Hibs player Tam McManus has claimed that Nottingham Forest-linked Josh Doig is better than a Celtic star.

He’s been discussing the teenager’s future with the Daily Record. McManus played over 100 times for Hibs and he thinks he’s set for stardom.

Forest are in the mix to land Doig. He could sign for either Watford or Burnley for £4 million but would be loaned to the City Ground immediately.

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The youngster is a left-back and it’s fair to say the Reds are in the market for one. Going into Sunday’s curtain-raiser with Coventry, Gaetan Bong is the only natural option in Chris Hughton’s squad.

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McManus believes whoever gets Doig will be getting a player who is better than the current left-back at Celtic, Greg Taylor.

He told the Daily Record: “While it looks like the EPL is the destination, I would be amazed if Celtic weren’t still sniffing about Josh.

“No disrespect but he’s already a better player than Greg Taylor at just 19.

“You could buy him for £5 million and sell him for £10 million to £15 million somewhere down the line.”

Doig is set to depart Hibernian where he has made just shy of 40 appearances for the club. He looks set for a bright future and Forest could be the next step in his development.

What will Doig bring to Forest?

The left-back would certainly bolster the squad going into the next campaign. He is a defender who fits the modern-day mould for a full-back and is decent at both ends of the pitch.

Doig is still somewhat raw, although it’s fair to say that he’d be capable of taking to the Championship pretty well.

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The 19-year-old would only be a short-term fix on loan but that could suit Forest in the post-Covid era that lots of clubs are facing financially.

McManus’ comments are interesting and perhaps he is better than the Celtic left-back Taylor.

The Hoops do look to have missed the boat though with the player not set to move to the Premier League in the near future.

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