Barry Douglas, a player who was reportedly a target for Celtic in the last transfer window, has secured a move on the last day of the transfer window.
He will team up with former Celtic boss Tony Mowbray at Blackburn Rovers. You might be thinking – wasn’t deadline day over a week ago? Well, it was in Scotland. However, in England transfers can be made between EFL and Premier League clubs up until 5pm on the 16th of October – which is today.
Douglas, who fell out of favour at Leeds United, has now joined Blackburn on loan for the rest of the season. Interestingly, Douglas is replacing a former Celtic player at Blackburn, Charlie Mulgrew, who has joined Fleetwood Town on loan.
Player was reportedly high on Hoops short list
Celtic were linked with a move for Douglas back in August, with Sky Sports reporting that the player was a target for the club, and high on Celtic’s short list for a left-back.
However, the Hoops eventually turned their attention elsewhere. Celtic signed Diego Laxalt on loan for the rest of the season from Milan. The club were on the hunt for a left-back for much of the transfer window. A replacement had to be found for Boli Bolingoli.
Hoops opted to move for different player
However, it took until the last days of the window for the player to be found in Laxalt. Only time will tell if that is the right decision. Scott Brown seems to be impressed with the player though, as reported by 67HH.
On the face of it, Laxalt does seem to be a better choice over Douglas on age alone. He is 27, whilst Douglas is 31. Laxalt if he does well for the Hoops and signs a permanent deal, could be a long-term fixture for the Hoops. That probably wouldn’t have been the case with Douglas. At his age he likely would have been a short-term solution for Neil Lennon.
Will Douglas come on Celtic’s transfer radar next season when his loan deal comes to an end? You would think not. His chances of signing for Celtic look to have been and gone.
In other news, Mo Elyounoussi has shot down any claims he will be fatigued ahead of the Glasgow derby.