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When Kieran Tierney left Parkhead behind, it was a blow to his ambitions.
Once again, a Celtic player was going to the Premier League and, once again, he was one of their star men.
The Hoops have not been strangers to see their most valuable assets go. From Victor Wanyama to Moussa Dembele to Virgil van Dijk, a host of their best players have gone in search of a top-five league.
He has risen to the English top flight like a duck overboard, scoring and assisting in a rampant display against West Brom last weekend. It was the kind of performance that will have Celtic fans yearning for a comeback.
Should Celtic sign Alfie Doughty?
However, for the moment, they have to settle for Greg Taylor and Diego Laxalt on the left flank, two players who rarely replicate what Tierney can offer on the left flank.
Fortunately, they might be on the verge of finally landing the true Scotsman replacement. That’s the Charlton winger, Alfie Doughty.
Able to play as a left back or later in attack, he has been continuously linked with the Bhoys since last summer. Although, to sign him, now they will have to defend themselves interest of the Rangers.
Doughty is out of contract in the summer and therefore a pre-contract can be signed for a fee of absolutely nothing.
But why is it similar to Tierney? Well a glowing review of Athletic Nick Miller says it all: “Rhythm is the first thing you notice about Doughty. Remarkable rhythm. Relentless rhythm. The kind of rhythm that makes defenders cower and do very silly things, “he wrote.
That’s a terrifying assessment, which could well describe his former left-back. He shows great speed on a regular basis and, like Doughty, makes defenders do some pretty strange and quirky things.
Tierney proved that against West Brom, taking Darnell Furlong for a ride before finding the back of the net in emphatic style.
At just 21 years old, Doughty is the future and he could well inspire Celtic to bigger things.
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