Frank McAvennie has told Celtic to “go and get” Charlton wide-man Alfie Doughty amid fears another club will beat the Glasgow giants to his signature.
The Hoops legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that signing another left-back “is a priority” and insisted that he does not want to see anyone “shoe-horned” into that position.
Greg Taylor is currently the only recognised left-back at the club after the exiled Boli Bolingoli completed a move to Istanbul Basaksehir on a season-long loan deal.
Football Insider revealed today that Celtic are confident of sealing a deal for Doughty and expect a new bid of £800,000 to be accepted by Charlton.
The Scottish champions previous two bids for the 20-year-old, who has just nine months left on his contract at The Valley, have been rejected by the League One club.
When asked by Football Insider if he was worried by the time it was taking to agree a fee, McAvennie said: “We need that boy from Charlton.
“Just go and get him. I wish they would just go and get him. I am not going to argue with Peter Lawwell as they negotiate hard over price all the time and they seem to get away with it. I just hope another club does not come in and take him away from us.
“I would like to see them get a left-back as they only have Greg Taylor who can play there. I do not want anyone shoe-horned in there because we have gone down that road before and players did not look comfortable. Another left-back is a priority.”
Doughty started on the right wing for the Addicks on Saturday and scored as Lee Bowyer’s side beat Crewe Alexandra 2-0 on the opening day of the season.
His 35 career appearances for Charlton have yielded three goals and three assists.
In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton claims Hoops could “walk away” from their pursuit of 25-year-old signing.