By Alan Hutton

5th Jan, 2021 | 6:30pm

Pundit Exclusive: 'Rangers are in driving seat' to beat Celtic to left footer signing - Ibrox tip

Alan Hutton believes “Rangers are in the driving seat” to beat Celtic to the signing of Charlton Athletic winger Alfie Doughty.

The former Gers and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has suggested the Light Blues’ form this season means Steven Gerrard may have the advantage over Neil Lennon in the transfer window.

The Athletic report that the Gers have joined their Glasgow rivals, as well as Premier League outfit Fulham, in the hunt for the versatile 21-year-old as he heads into the final six months of his contract with the Addicks.

As revealed by Football Insider back in September, Celtic had two bids rejected for the Charlton starlet, who has also played as a left-back and left-sided wing-back, before they turned to Diego Laxalt on loan.

Hutton believes that while Doughty, whose contract expires this summer, may have thought Parkhead was the ideal destination back at the start of the season, the Gers’ imperious form could have changed his mind.

Hutton told Football Insider: I mean if we’re talking at the start of the season, where would, maybe, his mind be going?

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“If both teams were interested you’d think: ‘Right, Celtic are going for 10 in a row, they’ve got a good chance of winning things,’ but it shows you how things change in just a few months time.

“Rangers look the stronger outfit, it looks as is if there’s a great chance of them winning the league and maybe has mind would have changed, so it’s obviously a decision for him.

“Both teams are interested so it really falls down to the player and where he sees himself doing better. At the moment I think Rangers are in the driver’s seat.”

Left-footed Doughty has played 41 times for Charlton so far but has missed a large part of the current campaign due to injury.

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