By Kevin Phillips

4th Jan, 2021 | 4:00pm

'Real Talent' - Exclusive: Phillips wowed by Rangers transfer development after two Celtic bids

Rangers will “certainly look into” the signing of Charlton Athletic wide-man Alfie Doughty this year.

That is the view of former Sunderland and England striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the prospect of the 21-year-old moving to Ibrox.

Doughty was the subject of two failed bids from Celtic in the summer window with Addicks boss Lee Bowyer confirming the club’s interest in September.

The Athletic now claim that Rangers have joined the race for the left footer who has been limited to just 10 appearances this season due to a hamstring injury suffered in October.

The Englishman is out of contract in the summer, so he is permitted to speak to both Old Firm clubs regarding a pre-contract this month.

When asked by Football Insider if he expected Steven Gerrard’s side to make a concrete move for the versatile midfielder, Phillips said:

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“If you can get a young quality player, who is also a target of your rivals, then that it definitely something the club would look at.

“Everything is rosy at the moment and I think they will hold the upper hand in regards to signings this season because they look like they are on an upward curve. Celtic will come back but they are just having one of those seasons.

“If you could secure the services of a real talent like Doughty, over your rivals, you would certainly look into it.” 

In other news, top pundit claims Rangers player who was “phenomenal” in the Old Firm has a “huge” influence on the dressing room.