Rangers are expected to challenge their fierce rivals Celtic in the battle for Charlton’s highly-rated wide man Alfie Doughty. Doughty has gone from relatively unknown to one of the most talked-about wide players in the Football League in the space of 14 months.
The 21-year-old was on loan at Bromley FC in the National League at the start of the 2019/20 campaign but a string of injuries saw Charlton cancel his temporary switch out of necessity.
Fast forward to the summer of 2020 and Doughty had been named the club’s Young Player of the Year following an impressive 30 appearances, which included two goals.
Doughty, who is equally comfortable at left-back and left midfield, has been the subject of two bids from Celtic since the summer and is also now a reported target for city rivals Rangers, according to The Athletic.
Fulham are another club said to be keen on Doughty and he is unlikely to be short of offers in the summer, when he is set to be out of contract.
Charlton assistant manager Johnnie Jackson revealed he has even discussed the Bale comparison with Doughty.
“Alfie knows how quick he is,” Jackson told The Athletic.
“He knows defenders know how quick he is and he doesn’t overcomplicate it.
“So he’ll look to go outside, like he did at Northampton, like he did when he scored the goal at Crewe earlier in the season, and just back his pace. He always looks to face up defenders and get at them.
“The one I always speak to him about — although they’re completely different levels, obviously — was when Bale was at Spurs (the first time) and when he first went to Real Madrid.
“He didn’t overcomplicate it. He knew he was quicker than everyone else.
“If he had space between him and the full-backs, he’d kick it past and open his legs.
“They couldn’t catch him, so why do you need to do anything different when you’re that quick?”