Celtic will return with a £400,000 offer for Charlton Athletic prospect Alfie Doughty during the current transfer window, The Daily Record has reported.
However, if the League One outfit aren’t willing to do business, Celtic will wait and attempt to sign him on a bargain pre-contract in January.
Doughty has less than a year left on his current deal at the Addicks and can be signed for low cross-border training fee in just a few months time.
The Daily Record reports that Celtic won’t be held to ransom for the 20-year-old prospect, who has burst into the Charlton first-team and impressed with his athleticism and desire to get forward on the left flank.
The Bhoys have already had an offer knocked back but was scouted by Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond at the weekend.
Doughty has a bit of experience at left-back and left-midfield, perhaps fitting in nicely to a Neil Lennon 3-5-2 at Paradise.
Former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady played with him on loan last season and liked what he offered.
He told The Go Radio Football Show on Monday evening: “He’s young and has pace to burn. Open the gates a little bit at times.
“He’s got something. He’s probably the modern day footballer. You’d go, he is athletic and catches the eye. He definitely did for us last season.
“Sometimes when he gets to the by-line he can be a little bit hit and miss or a little bit head down. But he is very, very quick and can get the team up the park. He did that for us last season.”
Celtic need a left-wing option following the drama involving Boli Bolingoli and on favourable terms, a move for Doughty looks relatively risk-free.
Whether he has the quality to make an immediate impact is another matter but the youngster does appear to have significant potential.