Former Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan believes that Charlton Athletic winger and Celtic target Alfie Doughty will be easier to sign after his recent injury.
Doughty on Parkhead radar
The 20-year-old picked up a serious hamstring injury during the Addicks’ 2-0 win over Oxford United, to which manager Lee Bowyer confirmed that he is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines (via London News Online).
Neil Lennon’s side have been heavily linked with a move for the young Englishman and had their first bid of £400,000 rejected by South-East London club (via Daily Record), and are expected to come back again for him in January.
After Doughty’s setback, Whelan told Football Insider that the door will have opened for Celtic to make their move in January.
“It’s horrible to see people so early on in the season getting injured,” he said.
“When you’re down to a year of your contract and it looks like you’re not gonna be playing the season again, even in January, there’s always a deal on the table if you’re not going to be signing the contract with your parent club.
“With the injury that probably makes it even more likely that something will be sorted out during that time. If the injury isn’t a significant one that’s going to be hampering any kind of medical.”
Transfer Tavern take
It is unfortunate to see any player get injured, particularly during these abnormal times in football.
If Celtic do make the move, as Whelan said, there is always the danger that Doughty can fail his medical. Having previously described him as “outstanding”, Bowyer may also be reluctant to let him go until the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
Lennon and his scouting team will have to monitor this situation carefully, as his road back to full fitness could end up being shorter than initially expected.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience