Celtic tipped to complete cut-price move for experienced defender

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Celtic are preparing for a big season ahead.

After winning a ninth successive title last term the focus is on securing a historic landmark this time around.

That's right, we're talking about winning 10 titles in a row.

Neil Lennon's side got off to a rocky start to the campaign with the Boli Bolingoli situation adding to the misery of their early elimination from the Champions League.

But things have since got back on track in the league.

Celtic may be one point behind rivals Rangers, but with a game in hand the Bhoys will be confident of overtaking them sooner rather than later.

Their cause has certainly been aided by some strong additions in the transfer market.

Albian Ajeti, David Turnbull, Vasilios Barkas and Shane Duffy have all joined the club, but there's one position that Celtic are still looking to improve.

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We're talking about the role of left back.

Several names have already been linked with a move, but most notably Barry Douglas.

The Leeds United defender is out of contract at the end of the season and looks likely to move on after falling down the pecking order under Marcelo Bielsa.

As a result the Bhoys have been linked with a cut-price move for the former Wolves man, something that Frank McAvennie believes will happen.

Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie said: "I’ve been told by sources about the boy at Leeds, Barry Douglas.

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“Maybe something is happening with that in the background, I do not know. I do not know what the situation is but I have heard that he is a really good player.

“There are players out there for Celtic to go and get that won’t cost millions and millions. Celtic can pick up players from the Championship.

“This boy Douglas is supposed to be good, so why not? I do not know what the transfer fee would be but with one year left on his contract I am sure they could negotiate something.

"He is not playing so Leeds might want somebody paying his wages.

“If Peter (Lawwell) wants him he will go and negotiate and maybe that is why he is umming and ahing about the boy at Charlton (Alfie Doughty).”

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GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This seems like a deal that could happen sooner rather than later.

Celtic are desperate for a new left back and with a future at Leeds United unlikely to extend beyond the end of the season, it seems like a goer.

Valued at £1.8million by Transfermarkt, the Bhoys are unlikely to have to pay a big fee to get a deal done.

Given his contract situation it's probably in everyone's best interest to get a deal done and so it'll be interesting to see how it plays out.

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