Noel Whelan has claimed Celtic may find it easier to sign Charlton Athletic winger Alfie Doughty in January because he has suffered a hamstring injury.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aberdeen and Leeds striker claimed there will be a deal “on the table” in the coming months.

The Hoops were heavily linked with the young winger in the summer with Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer confirming they had made an offer.

The 20-year-old now faces at least four months on the side lines as he enters the final year of his contract meaning he may have played his last game for Charlton.

Bowyer is hopeful the exciting prospect will pen a new deal with the Addicks as he claimed it was the best place for him to recover.

However, Whelan believes the injury may have opened the door for Celtic.

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He told Football Insider: “It’s horrible to see people so early on in the season getting injured.

“When you’re down to a year of your contract and it looks like you’re not gonna be playing the season again, even in January, there’s always a deal on the table if you’re not going to be signing the contract with your parent club.

“With the injury that probably makes it even more likely that something will be sorted out during that time. If the injury isn’t a significant one that’s going to be hampering any kind of medical.”

Doughty had started every League One game for Charlton this season before picking up his injury against Oxford last month.

Last season the London born ace started 20 Championship games as the Addicks suffered relegation.

In other Celtic news, Alex McLeish has tipped the Hoops to sign a 26-year-old for a club record fee in January.