By Noel Whelan

8th Sep, 2020 | 12:29pm

Exclusive: Whelan impressed as Celtic table bid for 'Exciting' ace in final year of contract

Noel Whelan claims Charlton Athletic midfielder Alfie Doughty would be an “exciting signing” for Celtic and could benefit the club in both the short and long term.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that the 20-year-old’s potential sell-on value as to reason why the Hoops are keen on his services.

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer revealed earlier this week that the League club had rejected an opening offer from Celtic for the left-sided midfielder.

Doughty, who has entered the final 12 months of his contract at The Valley, is understood to have been watched by Neil Lennon’s scouts in preseason.

He made 29 appearances in the Championship last season with two goals and three assists to his name.

When asked by Football Insider if Doughty could make an impact on the first team at Parkhead, Whelan said:

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“Celtic have a fantastic scouting network and they obviously see something in Doughty. They feel that they can make him better and maybe make a profit out of him in the future. The club will believe that he can profit them on the field and perhaps later in time off it.

“Celtic are very clever when it comes to signing players, they always have been. Some of the players that they have brought in and then sold… It goes without saying. It is not just done willy-nilly.

“Doughty would be an exciting signing because he could help them now as well as in the future. He would be going to a great club with a great manager.”

When speaking on Doughty’s future, Bowyer said: “We did turn down an offer from Celtic and they were at the game at the weekend, from what I understand.”

“But we’ve not heard anything since.”

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