Glasgow Rangers director of football Ross Wilson may be regretting his failure to sign Alfie Doughty after he swapped Charlton Athletic for Stoke City.
If you cast your minds back to the beginning of the January transfer window, Rangers and Celtic were among the clubs chasing the 21-year-old, who had entered the final six months of his contract at Charlton Athletic.
However, Stoke have pulled off a major coup with the signing of the highly-rated winger.
According to Glasgow Times, Doughty opted for the English Championship instead of the Old Firm. The report adds the Accies also rejected two cash bids from Celtic, which should soften the blow of any disappointed Rangers fans, knowing he turned The Hoops down.
The ever-reliable Ryan Kent was among the scorers as Rangers ran rampant over Ross County in a five-goal thriller at Ibrox. Yet Doughty’s last performance for Lee Bowyer’s side gave Stoke fans a glimpse of what he has to offer, and showed Wilson exactly what he missed.
Able to play at left-back or on the left wing, Doughty’s ability to operate anywhere on the left-hand side of the pitch is no doubt an added bonus for Michael O’Neill’s side.
Having excelled on loan at National League side Bromley, the Accies took a chance on their academy prospect and were duly rewarded, as he has received a WhoScored rating of 7.15, which put him firmly at the top of the leaderboard for Bowyer’s side, tied with his former teammate Jake Forster-Caskey.
Just like Kent himself, his dribbling is arguably one of his biggest strengths and he delivered with great aplomb against Northampton Town, as evidenced by his 66% win rate in his individual battles, winning two out of three duels against the Cobblers before succumbing to injury.
Off the ball, he is also prepared to work hard to to deny opponents any opportunities to score goals. This season, Doughty has made 2.4 tackles per game in League One, which suggests that he still chips in defensively as well. For context, that’s more than can be said for the likes of Rangers fringe players Brandon Barker (0.6) and Jordan Jones (0.7).
And it’s not just his hard graft that has caught the eye, either, as he has shown a willingness to bring the ball forward and put his team on the front foot. The left midfielder currently averages 1.7 key passes per game, which is only slightly fewer than Kent himself (1.9).
With Doughty now plying his trade at the bet365 Stadium, it seems Rangers have missed the boat on signing a player who could have been a perfect replacement for Kent, who former Scotland star Alan Hutton thinks could be sold “if the price is right” amidst reports linking him with a move to Leeds.
AND in other news, Glasgow Rangers must get rid of Jordan Jones this month…