'Massive' - Pundit Exclusive: Attacker may snub manager plea to sign for Celtic
Alan Hutton believes Alfie Doughty could snub Lee Bowyer’s plea for him to sign a new deal at Charlton and move to Celtic this summer.
The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that the opportunity to play a part in the Hoops’ push for ten league titles in a row is a “massive draw” for players.
As quoted by the South London Press, Bowyer confirmed that the Addicks had turned down a bid from the Hoops for the 20-year-old and said he wanted the left-footed winger to sign a new deal and spend at least another year at the Valley.
Doughty broke into the Charlton first-team during the second half of last season and has played 34 times for the club to date.
However, Hutton believes that the chance to write yourself into the history books as part of a historic Celtic side could be too much of a lure for the young talent to resist.
Hutton told Football Insider: “Obviously the manager’s come out – Lee Bowyer – and publicly said that he wants him to stay for another year and learn, so we’ll have to see.
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“I think the lure of going to such a big team and playing, hopefully for them, European football is a massive draw and it’s such a big season for Celtic and Rangers, the whole ten-in-a-row thing, I think it’s something a player would want to be involved in.
“It’s a massive draw to come up at the moment.”
Bowyer told the South London Press: “I think he should stay, sign and do a full season with us – improve more and then see what is on the table for him. Because if he goes somewhere now the likelihood is he ain’t really going to play.
“He isn’t going to benefit from that. If he stays with us for another season he will improve more, because he has improved lots since he has been with us.”
In other Celtic news, Neil Lennon is said to be “overjoyed” after major Hoops transfer update.