Celtic are still interested in signing Alfie Doughty but will wait until January when the player can be offered a pre-contract, The Glasgow Times reports.
The paper say that the Bhoys had lodged two formal bids with Charlton Athletic during the current window but, rather than pay over the odds for the 20-year-old, are prepared to take their chances and wait for him.
Doughty’s current deal expires at the end of the season and although the Addicks will no doubt try to persuade him on a new contract, Celtic apparently have confidence they’ll land their man.
Celtic have since moved on to Diego Laxalt of AC Milan, who is expected to join later tonight.
The Uruguayan international has the experience and quality to make an immediate impact on the left flank, competing with Greg Taylor.
Although an exciting talent and well regarded by Celtic men like Aiden McGeady, Doughty was always a player who would likely take time to progress within Neil Lennon’s squad.
A move for him makes perfect sense in the context of a free transfer or January bargain when he’ll have less than six months left on his current deal.
Laxalt provides the depth and quality needed to navigate our upcoming gauntlet of league, cup and European matches for now.
Doughty’s form in English League One is worth monitoring closely over the next three months.