With Celtic on the lookout for a left-back, Leeds United’s Barry Douglas is a name that is in the frame. Sky Sports are reporting that the player is ‘high up’ on the Hoops’ shortlist to replace Boli Bolingoli, who seems set to leave the club as soon as possible, for obvious reasons.
Douglas is an experienced player who was won two Championship titles. Therefore, there is no doubt that he could do a job for the Hoops if required.
Interestingly, he once paid tribute to a Hoops legend on social media long before he was ever linked with a move to the Scottish Champions.
Saluted a Hoops great
All the way back in 2013, he saluted Hoops great Stan Petrov on the occasion of the charity match that raised money for the foundation set up by the Celtic great.
“If ever a moment summed up togetherness and how important family is and I’m not even a Celtic fan” Douglas said, alongside a photo of Petrov and his children.
— Barry Douglas (@barrydouglas03) September 11, 2013
It is good to see that Douglas paid tribute to a Hoops legend. Petrov deserved all the praise in the world for winning his battle with cancer.
However, what might be more interesting is the fact that Douglas is not a Celtic fan.
No big deal that he doesn’t support club
Does that matter these days? Probably not. Leigh Griffiths is one of Celtic’s most prolific goalscorers in recent years. He is not a Hoops fan, he is a well-known Hibs fan.
The likes of Odsonne Edouard and Moussa Dembele, who have made huge contributions to the Hoops success in recent years will not be Celtic fans.
However, it is probably quite good to have fans of the team you support in your squad. They will understand what the club is all about.
Even if the players don’t support the team, that doesn’t mean that they can’t contribute to the team. Should Barry Douglas sign for Celtic he will be supported by the fans and given every chance to succeed.