He's just been voted Scotland’s young player of the year after a spectacular campaign which helped Hibs secure a return to Europe and a Scottish Cup Final spot.

Yet for all Josh Doig’s emphatic performances and deserved accolades there’s one simple yet glaring omission in an otherwise sublime season.

His parents have never seen him play a top team game for the Easter Road club.

That might not be unusual for most 18-year-old footballers still waiting for the big breakthrough.

But for Doig, who has 32 appearances under his belt after bursting onto the scene last August, it seems horrendously cruel.

And that, as much as anything, is why Jack Ross would be delighted the SFA was able to persuade UEFA into a late u-turn to allow limited numbers into Hampden for the Scottish Cup Final in just 10 days’ time.

Ross - who last week accused the Scottish football authorities of “taking their foot off the accelerator” in their bid to get fans back inside stadiums - said: “Josh Doig’s parents haven’t seen him play for Hibs’ first team.

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“That’s pretty remarkable but equally we have all been accepting of it because there’s a lot of things we’ve not been able to do for the last year.

“It’s a bit sore for the players.

“So the dynamics changing slightly and the players suddenly thinking they might get their wife or parents or kids or whoever into the stadium is making them reassess and realise how much they’d like them to be there.

“It means a lot to people and naturally you would want to share the occasion with those closest to you.

“It would be pretty incredible if the first time Josh’ parents got to see him play for the first team was in the Scottish Cup final. Winning it would be even better!

“The information we’re hearing is that the SFA have been more proactive in terms of trying to get numbers inside the stadium.

“Even if it is just a couple of thousand people it would be nice. We’ve had a long season playing in front of no people.

“That would be a good step forward and a nice fillip ahead of the close-season and hopefully the beginning of next season as well.”

Before then Hibs face a huge 90 minutes against Aberdeen this evening where a victory would secure third spot for the first time in 16 years.

The stakes are high at Pittodrie but Ross was playing down any suggestions it’s a cup final before THE Cup Final.

Kevin Nisbet, Ryan Porteous and Joe Newell will be assessed ahead of kick off after picking up knocks in Saturday’s semi final win over Dundee United.

And Ross said: “For us it’s just a normal league game and will have no difference to the way we approach it. It’s just got bigger consequences if we win.

“There’s a bit of mental fatigue on the back of Saturday’s semi final win.

“It was emotional for the players. We’ve not had much time to do much on the training pitch but I think mainly they will be reset to tomorrow and ready to go.

“They will want to finish the job and they have the opportunity to do that.”

Jamie Murphy has more reason than most to be excited at the prospect of the Scottish Cup Final.

Six weeks ago the on-loan Rangers winger was convinced his season was over due to a recurring hamstring problem.

But after making a surprise return in the last two weeks he is eyeing up a final spot - now that he is free to play after his parent club were knocked out in the quarter finals.

The 31-year-old is still waiting to lift silverware but was a Scottish Cup runner-up with Motherwell 10 years ago.

And he said: “Considering six weeks ago I thought my season was over, to be able to come back is testament to the medical staff and fitness staff getting me back.

“It was really disappointing at the time.

“Over the last two or three years I have done a lot of work in the gym, a lot of running on my own or with just the physio watching me.

“That's why I did all that stuff, so I can have success and I would be lying if I said I was doing all that and not thinking about coming back and winning a trophy and scoring some goals.

“It is one of the biggest clubs in Scotland and you want fans backing you to do well for them.

“I think the SFA should be doing all they can to get fans inside Hampden.

“That is where cup finals have always been and in the heads of every player, that's where you dream of lifting the cup, so I hope they will do everything they can to get fans in there.”