Rangers are in "driver's seat" in transfer battle with Celtic, says ex-Ger
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Rangers are in "driver's seat" in transfer battle with Celtic, says ex-Ger

Former Rangers star and ex-Premier League full-back Alan Hutton believes the Ibrox side are “in the driver’s seat” in their battle with Celtic over Charlton star Alfie Doughty.

The Gers have been linked with the talented left-sided player with Doughty’s contract set to expire in the summer [the Athletic].

Rangers and Celtic have both been linked with a move for Alfie Doughty with Celtic having bids rejected for the Charlton star in the summer. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

Celtic had two bids rejected for the League One star last summer but for Hutton, Doughty may well be looking north at the form of the two clubs and weighing up his options.

“I mean if we’re talking at the start of the season, where would, maybe, his mind be going?” said Hutton [Football Insider].

“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.”

Premier League outfit Fulham are also said to be monitoring the Doughty’s situation, with the full-back also being loosely compared to the likes of Gareth Bale.

Doughty, 21, came through the youth ranks at the Valley and made his professional debut with the Addicks back in 2018.

Injuries have limited the player’s game time so far this season but Doughty started the season on blistering form, scoring on League One’s opening day against Crewe Alexandra.

Doughty is considered a solid young prospect and either Old Firm side will do well to secure his signature. (Photo by Tom West/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The midfielder would also register two assists in seven league games before being injured against Northampton Town in October.

Doughty isn’t the only young name being linked with a move to Ibrox either – a deal to bring a January signing to the club is said to be “90%” done.