Hibernian defender Josh Doig has been named as this year’s winner of the Doubletree by Hilton Scottish Football Writers’ Association Young Player of the Year award.
The accolade is given to the best young (under 23) player of the season, with the shortlist compiled by and voted on by members of the SFWA.
Doig, who made the shortlist of four alongside Celtic’s David Turnbull, Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson and Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson, was the youngest player of the quartet aged just 18, but he will nonetheless be a popular winner after impressing in the green and white all season long.
“I’m ecstatic about it,” Doig admitted on hearing the news.
“It’s the first award I’ve ever won but it’s brilliant, such a shock."
“I wasn’t really expecting that but I’m absolutely delighted. It’s a proud moment for my family.
“I know the other players on the list and a few who weren’t on there who have been doing so well this season.
“Watching these players, thinking how good they are doing at such a young age, I idolised them, but to win the award over them is still shocking for me.
“It’s such a confidence boost for myself and it’s testament to how well myself and the team have done this season.
“To even be put in a category with these players is massive for me.”
Doig’s name is added to a long list of winners who have included the likes of Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong and James McFadden over the past two decades, with fellow nominee Lewis Ferguson of Aberdeen the last recipient in the 2019/20 season.
But Doig’s success also means Hibernian now top the list in respect of the club who have won it the most times.
Derek Riordan (2004/5), Scott Brown (2006/7), and Steven Fletcher (in both 2007/8 and 2008/9) were all plying their trade at Easter Road when they picked up the trophy.
Doig seized his opportunity at left-back after breaking into the first team, and is now a regular on Jack Ross’ teamsheet.
“I knew I had to do something to impress – I knew I had to come in with an energy,” he added.
“I came in with that confidence, I reaped the rewards from that and I’ve never looked back.
“It feels like yesterday playing my first game against Kilmarnock, and it’s all gone so fast.
“But I’ve absolutely loved it, I’ve enjoyed every second and I’ll never take it for granted.”