Barry Douglas addresses future after 2020 Celtic link

By David Walton

June 2, 2021

Barry Douglas sounds like he would be open to a possible offer from Celtic given the latest comments on his future.

Left-back Douglas was a name said to be “high up” on Celtic’s priority list last summer [Sky Sports]. In the end, however, he would end up joining Blackburn Rovers for the rest of the season whilst the Hoops largely struggled to find an alternative.

In the end, the Hoops would sign Diego Laxalt. However, he would fail to impress whilst Greg Taylor didn’t pull up any trees either. All of a sudden, it had looked as if we had made a mistake in not moving for the dependable EPL left-back.

Now, however, he’s available for free after his Leeds United contract came to an end. And judging by how he views his future options, Douglas sounds as though he’d listen to whatever offer came from Celtic Park.

As quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, he said: “I told my agent I wanted to go and play football, stay injury free and then we’ll sit down after the season and address things, make a plan for next season.

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“If there’s a conversation to be had at Blackburn I’m sure my agent will explore it. I don’t know their plans but as it stands I’m away from Blackburn and looking for a new venture.

“It depends what opportunities present themselves. As a family it would be a lot more difficult [to go abroad] now, we’ve got a newborn and a toddler, Kayden is three next month, obviously we need to take that into consideration now. But we’d definitely be open to trying something new and getting out of the comfort zone. If it’s a new culture and a new language again absolutely. But if it’s domestic, great.”

Barry Douglas could be offered a route back to Scotland if Celtic reignite interest

It’s clear from his comments that Douglas would much rather stay in Britain than head abroad due to his family situation. It would be interesting to know whether a move to Scotland would be his preferred choice.

The experienced full-back hasn’t played in his homeland since leaving Dundee United in 2013 to join Lech Poznan. From there on he’s played in Poland, Turkey, and now England at Championship level.

Celtic are in desperate need of left-backs this summer. Taylor is the only dependable one we’ve got, but we still need an upgrade. Boli Bolingoli will return to Celtic Park, but there isn’t much of an appetite from fans to give him another chance either.

Former Celtic transfer target Barry Douglas is a free agent this summer – Pool/Getty Images)

Douglas, meanwhile, would provide something of an upgrade in the position. He’s an attack-minded full-back who can do serious damage with his left footed cross-balls. Celtic have struggled for quality in the wide areas this season – left-back included.

Celtic likely won’t be making any transfer decisions until a new manager is appointed. Goodness knows how long that process will take either. But Douglas would certainly be a viable option to take on of our left-back spots.

Going by his comments, it’s something he would potentially look at too.

In other news, Celtic need to clear up their Director of Football plans – this is getting ridiculous.