By Alan Hutton

8th Sep, 2020 | 8:27pm

Exclusive: Celtic tipped to replace 25-yr-old after submitting bid for English speed machine

Alan Hutton suggests that Neil Lennon is looking to replace Boli Bolingoli after Celtic tabled a bid for Charlton winger Alfie Doughty.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland star believes the Addicks’ hot prospect could fill in as a left-sided wing-back were he to move to Parkhead.

As quoted by the South London Press, Bowyer confirmed that the Addicks had turned down a bid for the 20-year-old from the Bhoys.

The London-born starlet has featured primarily as a left-sided midfielder during his fledgeling career, though he did finish the 2019/20 campaign playing as an attack-minded left-back.

Hutton believes that Lennon is in the hunt for a new full-back to replace Bolingoli and that Doughty could be his man.

Hutton told Football Insider: “From all I can see, he’s a winger with a lot of pace to burn, from all accounts.

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“I think he only came into the team late on last year so he’s not that experienced. Do I think he’s going to come up and play in the Celtic team regularly? Probably not, but if Neil Lennon’s looking to a certain formation, whether it be 3-5-2, it looks like he’s trying to pick players that can play that formation. 

“He can probably play that wing-back role with his pace to burn. He’s very young so I imagine if they did manage to get him, it will be for the future, but he’s left-sided so they need to bring someone in.

“They’ve got Greg Taylor there, Bolingoli looks like his days are numbered, there’s talk of the PSG full-back as well so he’s obviously in the market for someone and he’s looking for a certain type of player so he’s one that fits the bill for them.”

Bolingoli, 25, came under heavy fire after he breached health and safety protocols with an unauthorised trip to Spain earlier this summer and has not featured in a Celtic squad since.

In other Celtic news, Noel Whelan tips 28-year-old to “ruffle feathers” at Parkhead after signing is confirmed.