Celtic have now reportedly put Leeds United’s Barry Douglas on their transfer shortlist for this summer’s transfer window.
According to Sky Sports, defender Boli Bolingoli is unwanted at Parkhead after he recently broke lockdown rules and the Scottish club are looking to offload him.
It is understood that Neil Lennon’s side will now look for a replacement at left-back and have been drawn to newly-promoted English team Leeds, who finally have Premier League football back at Elland Road.
The report explains that Douglas is “high up” on Celtic’s transfer shortlist and the Scotsman’s current deal is entering its final year.
Douglas joined Yorkshire giants Leeds for £3million (Sky Sports) back in 2018 from Wolverhampton Wanderers and previously had a spell at Dundee United earlier in his career.
The 30-year-old left-back wasn’t a regular starter last season during Leeds’ title-winning season in the Championship, but did make 17 appearances across all competitions and can provide a decent attacking threat.
It may be worth noting that the Leeds full-back admitted earlier this year that he grew up a supporter of Celtic’s bitter Old Firm rivals Rangers.
“I grew up in Pollok which is literally five minutes from Ibrox so my family were predominantly Rangers fans. So I grew up being a Rangers fan. But once you start playing, and breaking into the senior ranks, it changes a bit,” Douglas explained during an interview with Leeds-based podcast and Youtube channel Talking Shutt.
TBR’s View – A deal that makes sense for both Celtic and Leeds?
Celtic are going to desperately need a left-back signing if Bolingoli is shown the exit doors this summer and Douglas looks like he could tick a lot of boxes for them, as they go in pursuit of a 10th consecutive league title.
The experienced full-back looks an upgrade on Greg Taylor, plus he’s got the quality to hit the ground running for the Bhoys and provide real energy out wide.
Meanwhile, the situation may be a little tricker from a Leeds point of view and it all comes down to how much football he’s going to play next season in the Premier League.
Despite not being a mainstay in the starting XI, he does provide great cover in the squad and Leeds need to weigh up if they should sell him with just a year remaining on his contract.