Celtic ponder move for Barry Douglas

Barry Douglas stands in the wall - Leeds versus Arsenal

This weekend would have seen Celtic take on Aberdeen in the SPFL. 

However, after Nicola Sturgeon accused players of failing to take responsibility, various matches in Scotland’s top-flight were postponed.

A rise in Coronavirus cases is to blame, as well as the foolish behaviour of one of Celtic’s players.

Boli Bolingoli put the lives of a considerable amount of people in danger after a nonsensical trip to Spain last week.

He failed to take the necessary precautions and didn’t quarantine following his return to Scotland. Amazingly, the left-back then also played against Kilmarnock last week.

It’s no surprise that the Scottish Premiership is currently in limbo – this is a crazy situation. 

What’s worse for the Hoops, however, is that they’ve now potentially shot themselves in the foot. Of course, they’re trying to win ten titles in a row and if Rangers win at Livingston on Sunday, they’ll go eight points clear already. 

Bolingoli challenged for the ball

Perhaps a new signing can help soften the blow?

Sky Sports reported late this week that Celtic have Leeds left-back Barry Douglas on their shortlist ahead of a possible move.

Bolingoli looks as though he could be departing for French side Amiens on loan, and as a result, Neil Lennon will need to sign some cover on the left-hand side of defence. 

Celtic need replacements and it’s thought that Douglas is high up on their list of targets. 

Valued at just £1.8m via Transfermarkt, it shouldn’t be a costly deal for the Hoops to wrap up, especially considering Leeds aren’t strapped for cash.

They recently received an estimated £200m for promotion to the Premier League. 

Barry Douglas vs Blackburn

GIVEMESPORT’S Matt Dawson says…

Douglas has become an outcast at Leeds and it’s about time he moved on. He was a key signing when Marcelo Bielsa first arrived in West Yorkshire, but he struggled for game time and was plagued with injury in 2019/20.

He played just 15 league matches and is now down the pecking order at Elland Road.

The chance to move back to Scotland should be welcomed and it’s a deal that would suit all parties.

He also has the seal of approval from a certain Gordon Strachan. He struggled to pick him when in charge of Scotland but he still rated the 30-year-old considerably. 

Barry Douglas vs Millwall

Speaking in August 2018, he stated: “He was a bit unfortunate, when he was in Poland, and I was Scotland manager, because I had four or five great left-backs at the time.

“I could’ve made a team out of left-backs. He was fantastic at Wolves and he’ll be great at Leeds.” 

Indeed, he was impressive in his first season with Leeds. He created five goals but his tally the year before was even more impressive, registering 15 assists for Wolves. Thus, in Douglas, they could find their very own version of Rangers’ Borna Barisic.

The Gers full-back is a machine when it comes to creating goals from full-back, providing 14 assists last term,

Only just past his prime, Douglas would certainly offer valuable competition to Greg Taylor.

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