Celtic are reportedly considering a move for Leeds United left-back Barry Douglas after the Scot entered the final 12 months of his contract at Elland Road – and Gordon Strachan recently labelled him as “fantastic”.
Douglas, 30, could be allowed to leave Leeds in the coming months given his current contract situation. The Whites have plenty of options at left-back, in Stuart Dallas, Gjanni Alioski and Leif Davis.
Sky Sports claim that one-time Scotland international Douglas – who has admitted he was a boyhood Rangers fan recently – has been identified by Celtic as a possible replacement for Boli Bolingoli.
The latter disgraced Celtic with a trip to Spain last week and he is likely to leave Celtic with Neil Lennon “livid”. Douglas could replace him, and Strachan is a fan – labelling the Leeds ace “fantastic” and a “smart signing” in 2018.
“He was unfortunate in Poland, and I was Scotland manager, because I had four or five great left-backs. I could’ve made a team out of left-backs. He was fantastic at Wolves and he’ll be great at Leeds. He’s a smart signing.”
TBR’s view – Should Celtic sign Douglas?
The ideal left-back signing this summer. If you are to compare Celtic and Rangers, left-back is a slot which Rangers win – with set-piece specialist Borna Barisic certainly much better anything than any options Celtic have.
But signing Douglas would see Celtic add a player who boasts similar qualities to Barisic. He had a hand in 20 goals during 42 Wolves games and seven of his 15 career goals have come from free-kicks. A must-signing.
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