Celtic have had a second bid for Charlton Athletic’s Alfie Doughty reportedly turned down, however, according to The Scottish Sun, they are set to return with a third bid of around £800,000 for the 20-year old.
With Boli Bolingoli out the door after agreeing a move to Turkey, left-back is now a priority position for the Hoops recruitment team and Doughty has a similar profile to the recently departed Jonny Hayes in that he can play in a variety of positions on the left-flank.
The Addicks boss, Lee Bowyer, is a regular critic of Scottish football believing that League One in England is a better place to develop rather than playing in front of 60,000 fans (under normal circumstances) every other week and competing against some of Europe’s best on a regular basis as well as the pressure of having to win every game – and every trophy.
When asked to comment on recent speculation linking Doughty with a move north, he said:
“In an ideal world, I would advise Alfie to sign another deal and do another year, do a full season with us.”
Doughty isn’t the most experienced of players having only broken through into Charlton’s first-team last season, however, he has started this season well and scored his first league goal of the season against Crewe.
Is Doughty the type of player to replace Bolingoli?
Greg Taylor has established himself as Neil Lennon’s first choice on the left-hand side but Doughty would certainly offer a more attacking option in games where he knows his side will enjoy the majority of possession, it would also keep the Scotland cap on his toes knowing that there is someone waiting in the wings to take his place should his standards slip.