Glasgow Rangers have reportedly made an approach to sign long-time Celtic target Alfie Doughty, with both the Ibrox and Parkhead camps lodging pre-contract offers, according to the Glasgow Times.
The Scottish Premiership giants are free to negotiate with the Charlton youngster – whose contract expires in the summer – from this month, and both have reportedly offered terms to him.
Stoke City of the English Championship are also said to be keen on Doughty, and since they can’t make a pre-contract offer, they’ve reportedly bid £350,000 for the 21-year-old’s services in hope of signing him this month.
The outlet adds that three-way battle for his signature now comes down to the player’s choice and he could still opt to remain with the Addicks until the end of the season when he would then move to either Ibrox or Parkhead.
Doughty broke into the Charlton first team in the second half of last season and made 29 Championship appearances, scoring twice and assisting three goals.
This term he has 10 appearances in all competitions under his belt, but has been ruled out since late October due to a torn hamstring.
Doughty may have been out of action for much of the season so far but there’s no doubt he’s a talented player with plenty of potential who could offer a lot to Rangers or Celtic.
One of his performances last season – against Sheffield Wednesday, where he was a late call-up and played at left-back – saw Charlton manager Lee Bowyer sing his praises.
“I thought he was outstanding,” he told London News Online back in November 2019.
“He’s not a left-back. He had to fill in at left-back and he was excellent from start to finish. Defensively and attacking.”
Doughty is all-but certain to leave Charlton this year, but whether he opts for a summer move to Glasgow or decides to make the change in January remains to be seen.