By Alan Hutton

6th Jan, 2021 | 4:00pm

Pundit Exclusive: Rangers may lure London 21-yr-old to replace Barisic after Stoke bid

Rangers could sign Alfie Doughty from Charlton Athletic as a replacement for Borna Barisic, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Gers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has suggested the 21-year-old left winger may take the place of the Croatia international if he is sold this summer.

As revealed by Football Insider on Monday, Rangers fear losing at least one of their star defenders this year, with Barisic, Connor Goldson and James Tavernier all subject to rival interest.

The Athletic report that the Glasgow giants have joined near neighbours Celtic in the hunt for the versatile Doughty as he heads into the final months of his contract at The Valley.

But, as exclusively revealed by Football Insider on Tuesday evening, Stoke City have tabled the opening bid in this window for Doughty of £650,000 after multiple Hoops bids last summer.

Doughty established himself as a first-team regular during the 2019/20 campaign and started the opening seven games of the current campaign before he was struck down through injury.

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With a possible exit on the cards for Barisic this year, Hutton has suggested the Charlton talent could fill the boots of the 28-year-old.

“I think he’s a he’s an excellent player, he’s a great talent, he’s also very young, still got a lot to learn,” Hutton told Football Insider when asked about Doughty’s potential.

“He’s left-sided so you wonder if they’re looking into the future and thinking: ‘Well, maybe Barisic or someone like that could be moving on in the future,’ and there’s a replacement.”

Doughty has a total of three goals and five assists under his belt in 41 senior appearances for Charlton so far.

Meanwhile, Barisic has established himself as a star figure for Steven Gerrard in recent years and has played 92 times in total for the Gers.

In other news, the medical is done as Rangers put finishing touches to 19-year-old transfer today.