Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has commented on the future of Barry Douglas, amid links to Celtic.
Neil Lennon is still in the market for a left-back, after Boli Bolingoli was sent on loan to Turkey, and Douglas would seem to fit the bill.
In mid August, Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph suggested that the former Scotland international was “high up” on our shortlist.
Nothing has materialised on that front yet, and now Bielsa has suggested that out-of-favour Douglas could stay put in Yorkshire.
Bielsa is seen as one of the more high-profile bosses in England, given his history managing the likes of Argentina, Athletic Bilbao and Marseille.
He told Leeds Live (13:01): “I give you the same answer as I gave you with Gotts, but added to the fact he has played many times for the first team.
“If he continues with us he will be a very useful player for our project. He’s an impeccable professional.
“His preparation has been very, very good. He is an integral part of the group here.
“Just because he hasn’t been part of the 18 in the first two games it doesn’t mean he won’t be useful across the season.”
Bielsa happy to keep Douglas around
Douglas has featured just once for Leeds so far this season – and it wasn’t in the Premier League.
He played the entirety of their Carabao Cup clash against Hull, scoring a penalty as they exited the competition via a shoot-out.
Douglas made 15 league appearances for the Championship winners last season, but seems to be even further out of the picture this term as they adjust to life in the top-tier.
At 31 he is not past it, and could make a pretty good stop-gap signing if brought in on loan for the season.
But Bielsa’s comments suggest he is happy to keep Douglas around, and is certainly not actively trying to offload the player.
Time will tell just how high Douglas is on our left-back list.
What is known is that we need a left-back. And pretty soon.