Former Celtic star Frank McAvennie reckons Barry Douglas could be the reason that the Bhoys have not completed a move for Alfie Doughty, Football Insider reports.
Celtic were reported to have made multiple bids for the Charlton youngster over the last few weeks (Scottish Sun) but there has been nothing in recent days that would suggest a switch is imminent.
Could interest in Douglas be holding it up?
Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph relayed in August that the Leeds left-back was one of the players Celtic are tracking during the current transfer window.
McAvennie has heard good things, telling Football Insider: “I’ve been told by sources about the boy at Leeds, Barry Douglas. Maybe something is happening with that in the background, I do not know. I do not know what the situation is but I have heard that he is a really good player.
“There are players out there for Celtic to go and get that won’t cost millions and millions.
“This boy Douglas is supposed to be good, so why not? I do not know what the transfer fee would be but with one year left on his contract I am sure they could negotiate something. He is not playing so Leeds might want somebody paying his wages.
“If Peter (Lawwell) wants him he will go and negotiate and maybe that is why he is umming and ahing about the boy at Charlton.”
Douglas started his career in his homeland with spells at Queen’s Park and Dundee United before moving to Poland with Lech Poznan.
Subsequent switches to Konyaspor in Turkey and Wolves followed, before his arrival at Leeds.
It was at Wolves where he arguably displayed his most impressive form, scoring five goals and assisting 14 times in the English Championship (Transfermarkt), helping them gain promotion to the top-flight.
Last season at Leeds he didn’t quite manage to achieve consistent week-to-week first-team football, making just 15 league appearances.
He’s yet to be featured in a Premier League match squad this term so McAvennie is right, Leeds may be looking to offload him.
Celtic badly need a left-back in the building and time is running out before next month’s deadline.