JACK Ross has backed Hibernian defender Josh Doig to recover from the torrid afternoon Celtic wing back Jeremie Frimpong gave him at Parkhead yesterday.

Doig struggled to cope with his fellow teenager, who picked up the Man of the Match award, in the first-half of the Premiership match at Parkhead and was replaced by Lewis Stevenson at half-time.

However, Ross, whose side suffered only their second league defeat of the 2020/21 campaign, is confident the promising 18-year-old will be unaffected by the experience.

“Look, it was difficult for him today,” he said. “He was up against a difficult opponent who has been lauded in recent weeks for being one of their stronger players. He competed well in the first-half.

“When you are that quick and can be that quick from a standing start it is tough to play against. It is a really good quality for him to have. He is a great asset for Neil (Lennon).

“It is another learning experience for Josh. I had a good chat with him at half-time and I will do so again in the coming days. He has been brilliant this season for a young man who has just turned 18. He will be fine and will play a big part for us moving forward.”

Ross, whose side take on Hamilton at Easter Road on Friday, is positive Hibs will recover quickly from the 3-0 loss.

“We will continue to do what we do,” he said. “We have a consistency about how we work and irrespective of how we do we will continue to do that. It has stood us in good stead and we will get back to doing that from tomorrow morning.”