Rangers "sniffing around" Celtic target available on pre-contract - report
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Rangers "sniffing around" Celtic target available on pre-contract - report

Rangers are reportedly “sniffing around” high-profile Celtic target and Charlton left-side star Alfie Doughty as he enters the final six months of his contract.

According to the Athletic, the Gers are interested in the situation regarding the 21-year-old pacey full-back who has been the subject of two rejected bids from our Parkhead rivals.

Rangers are said to be “sniffing around” summer Celtic target and Charlton full-back Alfie Doughty. The Parkhead club had a £400k bid rejected for the player in the summer [Herald]. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Premier League outfit Fulham are also said to be monitoring the League One star’s situation who has been loosely compared to the likes of Gareth Bale.

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 tiers top talents.

Rangers have used Charlton for cross-border contract deals in the past, now-Nigerian international Joe Aribo proving Scotland can be a positive step for young English-based players.

Rangers brought Joe Aribo to Ibrox on a pre-contract deal from Charlton last season. (Photo by Leila Coker/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Calvin Bassey – also a left-sided full-back if not a tad more defensive – is another name which has come from England and started life north of the border brightly.

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.