Michael Weir: Hibs youngster Josh Doig has nothing to be ashamed about after half-time substitution at Celtic

Time to give teenager a rest – and Ryan Porteous needs carefully managed too

Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 12:30 pm
Celtic's Jeremie Frimpong (left) holds off Josh Doig during the 3-0 defeat at Parkhead on Sunday (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

Like everyone else, I've been very impressed with young Hibs left back Josh Doig this season.

The lad's done great, and to play the games he has at 18 years of age is testament to him, but I've always said there comes a point with young players that if you overstretch them they can slowly lose their confidence.

The young lad has run out of steam a wee bit in the last few weeks against some tough opposition but he's been fantastic for the club from the first whistle of the first game of the season.

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He's been a good find for us and has done really well – he just needs to be taken out and given a rest and that's why Jack Ross was right to take him off at half-time on Sunday.

At times I think Ryan Porteous will feel it as well. He's only a young man himself, and to go and play central defence every week at 21-years-old is not easy. You can't do it.

They are only young lads and you'll wear them out asking them to do a man's job week in, week out.

As for Doig, the young man has nothing to be ashamed about. He's done great for the club.

He's one of these players who is whole-hearted and he looks a great prospect. I think he'll come again. I don't have any reservations about that at all.

He'll be a great player for Hibs.