Alfie Doughty to Celtic latest: No third Bhoys bid yet, plays full 90 minutes vs Sunderland, owner speaks

By John McGinley

October 3, 2020

Celtic target Alfie Doughty played a full 90 minutes for Charlton at home to Sunderland today, with no sign of a third improved bid from the Scottish champions.

Sky Sports journalist Anthony Joseph reported on Friday that an improved offer had not been lodged with the English League One side despite two previous approaches.

The potential of a third bid was reported by The Scottish Sun way back on September 14th but, for reasons unknown, it appears Celtic’s interest has cooled or they are merely picking their moment to do business.

New Charlton owner Thomas Sandgaard has also spoken about the speculation recently, telling South London Press on Friday: “I spoke very early on with Lee Bowyer [manager] and Steve Gallen [director of football] about that situation.

“Someone with that kind of talent we want to keep here. We don’t want to keep decimating the team just to pay a few more bills.

“I think you’ll start seeing the difference to what you saw in the spring [when East Street Investments ran the club].”

Reported Celtic target Alfie Doughty / (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

To Doughty’s credit, he hasn’t let the transfer speculation get to him.

He’s played the full 90 minutes of every Charlton League One fixture so far this season, including today against the Black Cats.

It all comes as Celtic continue the search for a viable left-flank replacement for Boli Bolingoli.

More prominent names like Mattia De Sciglio and Ryan Sessegnon have been linked in recent days. Still, it’s Doughty that Celtic have shown the most interest in over the last month, with manager Lee Bowyer confirming official offers were made (Daily Rec0rd).

Celtic target Alfie Doughty / (Photo by Ivan Yordanov/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

As we approach Monday, plates are spinning, and Celtic need to grab one or risk being caught short in a critical position.

In other news, another reported left-back target has ruled out a move away from his current club.