Leeds United could soon receive a bid for Barry Douglas, with Sky Sports reporting this week that Celtic are interested in the left-back amid doubts over Boli Bolingoli’s Parkhead future.
Douglas only managed to make 17 appearances for the Whites in all competitions last season. He was desperately unlucky to have Stuart Dallas produce an outstanding run of form when deployed on the left.
But he did impress for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, particularly during the latter stages of the campaign. So it would arguably be a big surprise if Leeds were willing to let Douglas go.
Of course, it remains to be seen what Douglas makes of the interest. The 30-year-old will surely want a chance in the Premier League, especially after leaving Wolves following their promotion in 2018.
But he would also be forgiven for being tempted to consider his options.
Leeds however, should see an opportunity should Celtic come calling and Douglas spring a surprise and suggest that he would like to consider a move.
The Sunday Mirror (9/8; page 65) reported last week that Leeds had made Odsonne Edouard their number one striker target for this window.
The report made a surprising claim that Celtic want just £20 million for the Frenchman. In truth, it would make a lot more sense if the Hoops demand significantly more for the forward.
Leeds therefore, should consider offering Douglas as part of the bid to land Edouard – but only if the defender is tempted by a potential Celtic move.
Of course, the two clubs will still need to agree a valuation for Edouard. But perhaps Celtic will be more receptive to reaching an agreement if one of their reported targets moves the other way.