Report: Watford looking to sign Leeds' Barry Douglas; Celtic will have no regrets

By David Walton

October 11, 2020

Watford are hoping to secure Leeds United left-back Barry Douglas on loan this week, according to the Sun on Sunday (print edition, 11/10, p61).

The Sun have reported that both the Hornets and Blackburn Rovers are interested in taking Douglas before the domestic window closes in England on Friday.

However, the newspaper states that Watford have launched an offer that they hope will be enough to secure the Scotland international. They are looking to take Douglas down to the Championship on a loan deal.

Reported Celtic target Barry Douglas / (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Celtic had reportedly held summer talks with Douglas about bringing him back to Scotland after he broke through the ranks at Dundee United (Daily Mail). However, instead, the Hoops went for AC Milan’s Diego Laxalt on loan, who could make his debut against Rangers on Saturday.

Douglas’ deal at Elland Road is up at the end of the season, meaning he could be snapped up for nothing on a pre-contract in just several months.

A potential long-term option or someone Celtic have moved on from?

You have to imagine that any links to Douglas can now be shelved. If everything goes well, it won’t be the former Lech Poznan man who takes the reins at left wing-back for Celtic in the long-term.

We would all hope that honour belongs to Uruguayan international Laxalt, who has played at a higher level than the Leeds man throughout his career.

Whilst we’ve yet to see Laxalt in action, there’s a real excitement over what he can bring to the party. Celtic were in desperate need of a first-choice left-back when the initial link to Douglas was reported. However, that need has been wiped out – at least for the rest of the season.

Leeds’ Barry Douglas, reportedly a Celtic summer target (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Then again, it had been reported by Leeds Live over the summer that Douglas was happy to run down his contract with the Premier League side. This was helped thanks to how influential he is in the dressing room.

So if he decides to run down his deal and we find ourselves for one reason or another not being able to keep Laxalt, it’s always a potential avenue to keep open. Especially with Watford perhaps only looking to bring him to the Championship on loan.

We’ll see what happens in the long-term, but for now, Celtic will be more than satisfied with their summer decision. Nobody can deny we went as strong as we possibly could.

In other news, Celtic-linked centre-back Ben Davies is reportedly wanted by a Premier League club.