Charlton boss confirms Celtic scouting trip to watch Doughty; bid received and rejected
Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has confirmed reports that Celtic have been scouting and making bids for prospect Alfie Doughty, speaking to London News Online.
Doughty has emerged as a regular for the English League One side and was in impressive form against Swindon Town in League Cup action recently.
As we discussed over the weekend, Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond was in attendance for that one and Bowyer has admitted they’ve had to turn down an offer from the Scottish champions.
The former Leeds man is hoping he can convince his young wideman into staying at the Addicks for a full season.
As quoted by London News Online, the Charlton boss said: “We did turn down an offer from Celtic. And they were at the game at the weekend, from what I understand. But we’ve not heard anything since.
“In an ideal world, and this is just me speaking on how I would advise Alfie, it would be for him to sign another deal and do another year – do a full season with us.
“He only came into the side at a stage later in last season. He did well. He gets himself into great positions – like when he went through against AFC Wimbledon and on Saturday – but it is his end product that he has to work on.
“If he stays with us for another season he will improve more, because he has improved lots since he has been with us.”
The comments come as one of Doughty’s former managers, Leigh Dynan, sang the 20-year-old’s praises, believing he possesses real ‘pace and quality’ and is a diamond waiting to be polished (Daily Record).
Doughty, from the look of his profile, fits the bill at Celtic in terms of providing depth on the left-wing as a hybrid defender and midfielder.
That versatility could be fantastic for the club this season as Neil Lennon considers what his best formation and system is moving forward.
The Charlton prospect may be able to provide the ideal competition for Greg Taylor, who has nobody backing him up following the antics of Boli Bolingoli.
With Bowyer happy to go on the record about our interest, it’ll be one to watch over the coming days.