Reported Celtic target Alfie Doughty is “not going to sign” a new contract at Charlton Athletic, Addicks boss Lee Bowyer has told London News Online.
If the Hoops were hoping to keep their interest in an exciting young winger quiet, it’s fair to say Charlton owner Thomas Sandgaard has let the cat out of the bag.
Speaking to London News Online a few weeks ago, Sandgaard confirmed Celtic’s interest in the 21-year-old Doughty, although it seems Neil Lennon’s side aren’t the only Old Firm outfit in the race.
Doughty is due to become a free agent in the summer, meaning the Addicks may be forced to consider January bids amid growing fears their prized asset could walk away for nothing in the summer.
“Steve (Gallen, Charlton’s director of football) spoke to the agent and the agent is saying that as it stands today he is not going to sign (a new deal),” Bowyer explained.
“In terms of moving on, I don’t know. Obviously there was interest in the summer for him. I don’t know if clubs will come in again now for him.
“We’ll have to wait and see.”
Doughty exploded on to the scene as Charlton were relegated from the Championship last term. His electrifying pace down the left-hand side earned comparisons to a young Gareth Bale.
In theory, Doughty would be a far better fit than the more defensively minded Diego Laxalt and Greg Taylor if Celtic manager Neil Lennon plans to revert to a wing-back system.
Rangers, meanwhile, may view the youngster as a potential successor to coveted Croatian Borna Barisic.