Should Rangers consider Barry Douglas, as Leeds-owned star delivers update?
Barry Douglas has confirmed that he will not be completing a permanent move to Championship side Blackburn Rovers this summer despite his Leeds contract due to expire in June – so, should Rangers look to bring him north?
Douglas, 31, is out of contract at Elland Road in a matter of weeks. Having joined Blackburn on loan until the end of his current deal at Leeds, it was expected the left-back would be effectively leaving Leeds on a permanent basis.
However, after an indifferent season in which he played 32 times, Scotland international Douglas has confirmed he will not sign a new deal at Blackburn. It means he will return to Leeds, and remain a Leeds player until June 30.
Effectively a free agent, Douglas will be looking for a new club between now and the start of the next season – and Rangers have really got to consider a move to bring the left-back back to Scotland, not least because he is a fan.
The £3million (Sky Sports) Leeds signing admitted to the Talking Shutt podcast in April 2020 that he is a Rangers fan, having spent his childhood growing up in Pollok and – stating that Rangers always remains in his heart.
Rangers could certainly do with a left-back. Obviously, Borna Barisic remains first choice and easily so – even if Douglas joined. But he is hardly a stranger to injury and Calvin Bassey is the next best option, but yet to be proven.
If Rangers want to bring in a like-for-like left-back to replace Barisic when the Croatia international is not fit, as well as adding a player that knows the club, has huge experience and is available for nothing – then Douglas is perfect.
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