Rangers are set to miss out on a move for Charlton Atlhetic’s Alfie Doughty after he reportedly agreed to join Championship side Stoke City [Glasgow Times].
Both Rangers and Celtic have been linked with the left-sided player on a pre-contract but, after losing the likes of Joe Aribo in recent years, the Addicks have decided to cash in.
The 21-year-old will join Michael O’Neill’s side this month after a £650,000 deal was agreed to take him to the Potteries and bolster Stoke’s squad.
Charlton boss Lee Bowyer had previously said that he expected the player to leave this month after the club agreed terms with three Championship sides.
“There are three Championship sides that we have agreed terms with,” said the Charlton boss [Stoke Sentinel]. “I expect Alfie will speak to all three of them. I think he should.”
“I expect him to be gone in the near future – I don’t know how soon. I think it’s now down to the three clubs, Alfie, his family and his agent getting together and seeing which one he prefers.
“That might take a little time, that, but I expect him to be going.”
Doughty has been out of action since picking up an injury in a League One fixture against Northampton Town in October and it looks almost certain that his next appearance will be as a Stoke player.
Rangers have plenty of options on the left flank – both in defence and further forward – so it isn’t a huge surprise that Doughty has chosen to go elsewhere.
At 21 he’ll need regular football and he’d be far from guaranteed that at Ibrox with the likes of Borna Barisic and Ryan Kent in the starting XI.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard wasn’t happy with aspects of his team’s performance at Pittodrie yesterday, and he vowed to ‘look into’ one matter in particular.