Celtic’s season is slowly sinking without a trace.
It has been an incredibly difficult campaign for Neil Lennon but not even a Scottish Cup final win has managed to paper over the cracks.
The Bhoys suffered the worst possible start to the New Year last weekend as they were beaten by their old rivals Rangers. As a result, they are now 19 points off the pace and any chance of winning the SPFL for a tenth successive time looks farfetched.
Fortunately, the transfer window has now arrived which could present Neil Lennon with an opportunity of bridging the gap somewhat.
One face who has continuously been linked with Celtic is Alfie Doughty. The Charlton winger’s contract expires at the end of the season and the Hoops have been touted with making a switch since the summer.
However, it’s now been revealed by The Athletic that Rangers are also interested in signing the 21-year-old.
Fulham are another side said to be monitoring Doughty’s progress.
Celtic have an opportunity to sign Uruguayan defender Diego Laxalt in the summer once his loan at Parkhead expires.
However, Nick Hammond should forget about that and instead place their focus on acquiring Doughty, someone who appears far more in tune with the British game.
Capable of playing at left-back or further forward on the left-wing, he’s the ideal replacement for Laxalt, someone who’s demonstrated inconsistent form since moving to Scotland.
Doughty, however, possesses immense talent and could finally replace Kieran Tierney who left for Arsenal in 2019. The Scotland international possesses frightening speed and that’s an attribute that Celtic’s transfer target replicates fantastically well.
Talking about the Addicks wide man on The Athletic, reporter Nick Miller gave him a glistening review, one that should generate widespread excitement.
“Pace is the first thing you notice about Doughty. Remarkable pace. Relentless pace. The sort of pace that makes defenders cower and do very silly things indeed,” he wrote.
It’s an attribute that has caused chaos to League One backlines at times this season, with the London born winger contributing to three goals in seven outings.
Potentially costing absolutely nothing, this is a signing Hammond must complete.