Scottish champions Celtic are reportedly interested in raiding Leeds United for experienced left-back Barry Douglas this summer, but Marcelo Bielsa has told his pre-match press conference that he wants to keep him at Elland Road.
Douglas, 31, has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Leeds. The former Wolves and Lech Poznan star only played 17 times in all competitions for the Whites last season, with Stuart Dallas currently first choice on the left side of the defence.
A one-time Scotland international, Douglas has failed to make the matchday squads for either of Leeds’ Premier League matches against Liverpool and Fulham. He did play in the Carabao Cup defeat to Hull City, but struggled during the 1-0 loss.
The Daily Mail have claimed that Celtic were in talks to sign Douglas at the end of August, but Bielsa has put an end to any rumours surrounding the left-back’s future – by stating he remains a crucial part of the Leeds side.
“I give you the same answer as I gave you with [Robbie] Gotts, but added to the fact he has played many times for the first team,” Bielsa said, as per Leeds Live. “If he continues with us he will be a very useful player for our project.
“He’s an impeccable professional. His preparation has been very, very good. He is an integral part of the group here. Just because he hasn’t been part of the 18 in the first two games it doesn’t mean he won’t be useful across the season.”
TBR’s view – Douglas has a decision to make
So, Bielsa has made it clear Douglas remains a crucial part of the side. But should Douglas remain at Leeds? Should he be happy with being a second-choice, if not third-choice left-back for the Whites?
Now he is in the final year of his contract, Douglas needs to make a decision. Remain at Leeds and see out his contract, or look to move on to pastures new and a potential return to his home country with the Scottish champions of Celtic.