Frank McAvennie claims teen sensation Josh Doig will be an outstanding player but says he would not be a regular starter yet at Celtic.
The former Hoops hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to comments made by the 18-year-old as he won the SWFA Young Player of the Year award on Sunday.
In January, Sky Sports claimed Celtic are monitoring Doig and contemplating a summer move.
After receiving his award, Doig told the Daily Record: “It’s crazy to be linked with those clubs. But as long as I’m playing football, whether it’s here, Barcelona or Queen’s Park – that’s all I want.”
The defender has enjoyed a breakthrough season, starting 25 games for Hibs in the Scottish Premiership.
Sky Sports also claim Arsenal and Chelsea are looking at Doig but McAvennie wants to see him stay in Scotland.
“I like seeing good players stay in Scotland,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“He’s just starting off on his journey. I’m not saying he’s not good enough for Celtic but it might be too soon for him.
“I’ve got no hesitation in saying he’s going to be a damn good player. Has he got the legs?
“I wouldn’t be upset if Celtic signed the boy but I don’t think he’d be starting every week. He would be in and out.
“I can’t imagine that’s what he wants. He needs minutes because he has a lot to learn.”
In February, Doig was given a new contract that keeps him at Easter Road until 2025.
Just a few days before signing this new deal, he scored his firsts senior goal in a 2-0 win over Hamilton.