Rangers and Celtic could be set to do battle off the pitch

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Rangers and Celtic contested a fiery battle at Ibrox on Saturday, and they could soon come up against each other in the transfer market.

Both sides are believed to be interested in Charlton youngster Alfie Doughty, and his manager has now confirmed that the player will soon be leaving the League One club.

The 21-year-old midfielder has made 41 appearances for the Addicks, having made his debut in August 2018.

He’s also been sent out for loan spells at Kingstonian and Bromley.

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His time at the Valley appears to be nearing an end, with manager Lee Bowyer confirming that a new deal will not be signed.

As quoted by Record Sport, Bowyer said: “There is interest but there was interest in the summer.

“If Alfie does leave then it will have to be the right thing for the football club.

“No one player is bigger than the football club – and Alfie is no different.

“Alfie’s agent has told us he won’t sign a new deal and I’m disappointed with that.

“This time last year his agent was saying we should leave him on loan in non-league (at Bromley) instead of calling him back.

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“We’ve given him the opportunity and we want him to sign a new contract. But that’s his decision, that’s his choice – we understand that.

“We will make sure that it is the right deal for the club if he does go.

“We can’t make anyone sign, but we have to be strong.

“There are certain conversations going on that are probably a bit harsh, but that’s the way negotiations go.

“I trust in Steve (director of football Steve Gallen). He will get the right thing for the club. He has done really well in the past and that won’t change.”

Stoke City are also credited with an interest.

Steven Gerrard’s side ended the weekend’s derby victorious, with a 1-0 win ensuring they stretched their advantage at the top of the Premiership to 19 points.

They have a chance to extend that lead to 22 when they face Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Sunday, before Neil Lennon’s men welcome Hibs to Celtic Park on Sunday.

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