Frank McAvennie is adamant Hibernian defender Josh Doig is capable of playing in the Premier League amid reported interest from Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Celtic and West Ham striker said the 18-year-old has been “magnificent” this season and has shown all of the qualities needed to be a top modern day full-back.
According to Goal, Leeds, Manchester City and Celtic are interested in the teenage left-back with a view to signing him this summer.
Doig was last week rewarded with a new four-and-a-half year contract at Hibernian after an impressive breakthrough campaign.
He has made 24 appearances across all competitions, with one goal and three assists to his name in that time.
When asked for his assessment of the left-back’s future, McAvennie told Football Insider:
“To be a full-back now you have to get up and down, you have to almost be a winger.
“Doig has done exceptionally well with Hibs, even though they are blowing hot and cold at the moment. He has been magnificent at times. He’s got great athleticism, he’s got it in abundance.
“Doig is a decent player and I think he is capable of making the step up.”
Hibs manager Jack Ross was asked by the Daily Record if Doig could follow in the footsteps of his compatriots Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson.
He said: “If he can get to the levels of the guys mentioned that would be outstanding but it’s not a pipe dream for him to have that sort of ambition.”