Alfie Doughty is going get a new contract at Charlton. Or, at least the club is going to offer him one.
It was always a risky strategy from Celtic to wait until the January window before getting this guy on a pre-contract deal.
His injury issues simply make it tougher.
Doughty is a good prospect. Celtic did want him in the last window, and we made a couple of offers for him.
None were successful.
It’s not clear that Doughty will sign a new contract. It may well be that he doesn’t bother and opts to talk to whoever’s interested, but I don’t blame him if signing a new deal is an option he’s considering as a result of his injury situation.
Injuries can clarify thinking for a lot of players. They can cut right through the nonsense and make them resistant to taking major chances.
If there’s a deal on the table he might be tempted to opt for it rather than take risks … you could understand if he did.
But if Celtic is still interested I’m sure we’ll be in there, unless he signs the deal first. At that point we’re back where we were in the summer knowing that it will take a £1 million offer to get them to the table, and we seemed reluctant to pay it.
Honestly though, I don’t know that much about the kid except that Celtic was interested, we had some bids turned down and we decided to leave the talks until January. Whether we’d still be interested if that was off the table is something only those inside Celtic Park know.
But if we’ve got a chance to sign Laxalt on the permanent deal I reckon most fans would definitely prefer we exorcised that option if it’s at all possible and financially reasonable.