'Incredible potential' - What Hellas Verona boss Gabriele Cioffi said about former Hibs defender Josh Doig after his Serie A debut

Josh Doig finally made his Serie A debut for Hellas Verona on Sunday night after overcoming an injury that rendered him sidelined for the beginning of the Italian league campaign.

The 20-year-old left-back came on in the 85th minute of Verona’s 1-0 home defeat by Atalanta, replacing Filippo Terracciano.

Doig impressed during his brief time on the pitch effectively as a left-winger, running at players with the ball, setting up Ivan Ilic for a headed attempt on goal as well as having a shot himself that wasn’t too far away.

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The former Easter Road youngster picked up an injury shortly after joining the Venetian outfit, limiting his gametime before Sunday night’s match to a pre-season friendly against local side Virtus Verona.

Teun Koopmeiners’ 50th-minute goal was the difference between Verona and Atalanta but there was plenty of positivity surrounding Doig’s first foray in the Italian top flight.

During his post-match press conference, Verona boss Gabriele Cioffi was effusive in his praise of the young Scot.

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"In England they say, ‘if you’re good enough, you’re old enough’. If I pick young players then I have no doubts and neither do they,” he explained.

"Doig did well; he has incredible potential. He is a great crosser of the ball and finisher.

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Gabriele Cioffi, Head Coach of Hellas Verona

"He’s starting to get minutes in his legs – he got injured after two training sessions – and his characteristics will come to the fore and his quality will show.

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Doig could get further gametime when Verona travel to face Empoli in the 5.30pm kick-off on Wednesday – and could come up against ex-Verona and former Hibs midfielder Liam Henderson.