Charlton boss hopes to keep versatile starlet amid Celtic pre-contract interest

CHARLTON manager Lee Bowyer has admitted that he hasn’t given up hope on keeping Alfie Doughty amid pre-contract interest from Celtic. The 20-year-old will be free to discuss terms with any potential suitors but Bowyer is hopeful he can extend the versatile player’s stay at The Valley.

As reported by The Scottish Sun, Bowyer wants to get a deal done to keep him at the club despite the chances to sign for the Scottish Champions.

“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.

“Like I’ve said before, 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.”

Celtic made a number of bids during the summer transfer window but opted against paying over the odds for the talented youngster. Instead, they signed Diego Laxalt on loan from AC Milan as a replacement for Bolingoli with the Uruguayan impressing. Doughty can play in attack and defence and would almost be like a Jonny Hayes type signing, high energy and versatility.

Celtic may see the left side depleted with Elyounoussi and Laxalt’s loan deals concluding in the summer. However, there is the 10IAR question that needs entered before any recruitment for next season is considered.

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