Celtic have been namechecked by Charlton’s Danish owner Thomas Sandgaard as one of the clubs still interested in Alfie Doughty.
The Hoops failed with a couple of bid attempts for the left-winger in the summer, with Charlton boss Lee Bowyer labelling the offers “silly” at the time (Glasgow Times).
In the end, Celtic decided not to part with their cash, with Doughty’s contract at the League One club up at the end of the season. The winger is also out for several months with a hamstring injury that could mean he’s played his last game for the Addicks.
And in a promising development, it appears that the Hoops remain interested whilst Doughty continues to stall on signing a new deal with Charlton.
As quoted by London News Online, Sandgaard said: “Yeah, we’re talking to Alfie and his agent. He’s currently injured – as we all know – but has certainly made a name for himself.
“Celtic in Scotland and other clubs are very interested in him. His pace is really something to take notice of and can be a huge asset for any club. We hope we can continue having Alfie at the club.
“He’s a great asset and one of the many investments we’ve made in youth players over the years. I hope he’ll continue the journey with us. Hopefully, we’ll get promoted again – in not too long. If Alfie stays with us he might even be playing Premier League football one day. We have a January window coming up and I’m looking forward to strengthening the midfield and the offence a little bit.”
Time running out for Charlton
This is positive for Celtic. It’s clear Charlton continue to be no further along than they were with Doughty’s contract earlier this season.
You have to wonder, if the player himself was going to commit to the London club further, then why on earth wouldn’t he have signed his new deal by now? The only possible answer is that he’s weighing up his options.
Celtic are now just over a month away from being able to talk to Doughty one-to-one. Charlton’s chance to get a fee for him disappeared when the summer transfer window closed. Now, the only way they’ll get some money for him is if they sell permanently in January or manage to sign him up on a new contract. The former seems much more plausible.
It’s also interesting to note that Celtic are still extremely interested in Doughty. Considering we managed to bring in Diego Laxalt to rival Greg Taylor instead of the Charlton youngster, we could’ve been forgiven for dropping this one.
However, with Doughty more suited to playing higher up rather than as a full-back or wing-back, this would give the club some added depth in an area of the pitch where we desperately need it. Celtic only have Mohamed Elyounoussi fit and available to play at left-mid.
So we’ll see if Charlton can break through to Doughty and sort his contract before Celtic swoop in. But that’s looking more and more optimistic as the days go on.