Alan Hutton has tipped Alfie Doughty to snub the chance to stay at Charlton Athletic in order to sign a pre-contract at Celtic.
The former Rangers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the youngster could help Neil Lennon solve his “problem position” on the left-hand flank at Parkhead.
As quoted by the Herald, who report the 20-year-old is willing to sign a pre-contract with Celtic in January, Lee Bowyer has urged the left-footer to commit his future at the Valley instead of leaving next summer.
It is said the Bhoys failed in three bids for the Charlton starlet over the summer and that Doughty, who is into the final year of his contract with the League One side, has refused to open talks over a new deal.
The Addicks’ starlet is currently out of action with a serious hamstring injury, with a return date yet to be set.
Hutton believes Doughty will see a move to Celtic as a step up in his career and that he could be a long-term option at left-back or left-midfield for Lennon.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I mean no disrespect to Charlton, they’re a big team themselves and I think I’ve just had a takeover and stuff so they’re looking to go places but they’re in League One.
“On the flip side of that, you can go to Scotland, you can win things, you can play in Europe, he’s only a young boy so he’ll be looking to kick on also. Laxalt is only a loan so it’s still a situation there, an area, where they want to probably bring another body in.
“We don’t know what Laxalt’s going to do, Taylor’s obviously there, Bolingoli’s gone, so he’s looking at kind of it being a problem situation for him so he’ll want to bring somebody in that he can tie down.
“He’s very young so he’s definitely one for the future. He looks a very exciting player, so it doesn’t surprise they’re looking to tie him down in January and I’m pretty sure he would want to do that.”
Speaking to the Herald, Bowyer said: “We’ve just got to see where we’re at with Alfie and his agent but we’re hopeful that we can get something done there.
“This is the right place for him to be at the moment – especially with his injury as well now. He needs to focus on just getting back and having that security behind him, I think. Hopefully we can get that one done.”
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