Celtic have offered Charlton Athletic the opportunity to name their price for Alfie Doughty, the Daily Record has reported.
The Record believes that the Hoops want to do a deal for the left-winger now. However, the club is awaiting clarity from Charlton’s side of things.
The newspaper also states that Luton Town are also interested in taking the youngster, who has 10 months remaining on his Charlton deal. Fortunately for the Hoops, a move to Scotland appears to be more appealing for the player.
Charlton are going through some troubling times at the moment after being relegated to League One and being the subject of extensive talks regarding a potential takeover (Sky Sports).
According to the Record, meanwhile, Doughty is seen as one for the future by Neil Lennon, with his first-choice priority this summer being a left-back.
Plenty to prove on Doughty’s end
It’s no surprise to see that Celtic potentially view this deal as one for the future. Doughty’s inexperience doesn’t smack of someone who’ll be waltzing into the Parkhead dressing room and making an immediate claim for a first-team position.
So far, the youngster only has 41 senior appearances in football. Eight of them came with Bromley in the National League (Transfermarkt). Moving to Parkhead will almost certainly take an adaption period as it would be a monumental step-up from Doughty’s current level.
The winger, however, came in for plenty of praise in his breakthrough year last season. Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer labeled him “outstanding” after deputising at left-back (LondonNewsOnline), showing that he has versatility in his game.
But if he was to arrive at Parkhead, he would be challenging an experienced pro in Mohamed Elyounoussi. He would also have real competition on his hands in Mikey Johnston when he returns to full-fitness.
So Celtic have a decision to make once they find out Doughty’s valuation. The Hoops are in desperate need of some more wingers, and one with a bright future ahead of him will always be appealing to the supporters.