Rangers risk wrath of familiar foe as they enter pre-contract battle - report
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Rangers risk wrath of familiar foe as they enter pre-contract battle - report

Rangers have offered a pre-contract deal to Charlton Athletic full-back-turned-winger Alfie Doughty but the Ibrox side face a stiff battle for his signature.

According to the Herald, the Gers and Celtic have both offered Doughty terms on a summer deal whilst Stoke City have had a bid accepted for the player by the Addicks.

Ranger have reportedly submitted a pre-contract offer for left-sided Charlton player Alfie Doughty but face a battle for his signature. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Getty Images)

The Daily Record would later claim a second Championship side have also had a bid accepted for the 21-year-old but they are not clear who that is.

Rangers were first linked to the player by the Athletic and the Ibrox side’s interest comes after Celtic had two bids rejected for Doughty in the summer.

Doughty 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.

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

The winger-turned-wing-back hasn’t been seen since then with a hamstring knock but is considered amongst the English third tier’s top talents.

Familiar foe and Charlton boss Lee Bowyer is Doughty’s current manager and Rangers have previous of nicking his top players on pre-contracts. (Photo by Mick Walker – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Rangers are also risking the wrath of Charlton manager Lee Bowyer with the move, the Addicks boss being sent into meltdown when the Gers secured a cross-border compensation fee pre-contract deal for Joe Aribo.

Doughty is one of a number of players being linked to Ibrox this January and looking towards the summer but Steven Gerrard was coy when asked about potential signings this week.