Charlton manager Lee Bowyer has taken a dig at Celtic and other clubs for ‘taking liberties’ when it comes to their players.

Celtic have been trying to sign their left sided midfielder, Alfie Doughty but two bids have been kicked out for the player.

Bowyer has never taken kindly to clubs sniffing around his top players and has been very vocal in the past. It’s no surprise the Charlton gaffer is at it again as he brands some of the bids for his players as ‘silly’.

“People are taking liberties with their offers. They are silly offers which we wouldn’t entertain.” Bowyer told RecordSport.

The offers come to Steve [Gallen, director of football] and then it goes to the directors. The directors have said they are not for sale. We bought Macauley as a project and so far he is developing well.

“If we hadn’t done a good job with him there wouldn’t be any interest in him.

“For us as a club, why would we sell Macauley now? Unless it was some crazy offer then we wouldn’t sell Macauley. It would be tough to replace him. So it doesn’t make sense.

“Alfie comes into that bracket as well. Whatever the offer was [by Celtic] it’s not enough. That’s all that matters. It doesn’t matter if they’d offered £1m if we’ve said no and value him at more than that.”

Alfie is on his final year at Charlton and would be free to sign a pre-contract with any club in January. Celtic don’t have the luxury of waiting until next summer to fill the position and must act before the transfer deadline on October 5.

Whether they go back for Alfie or not remains to be seen, but the club are being very active at bringing in a left wing back in the coming days and weeks.



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