Report: Celtic still maintain interest in Barry Douglas after last year's speculation

By David Walton

June 7, 2021

Celtic still maintain an interest in free agent Barry Douglas, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.

The Hoops were first linked with the left-back in the summer window of 2020. It had been stated by Sky Sports back then that Douglas was high on Celtic’s shortlist. Instead, however, the club signed Diego Laxalt on loan from AC Milan.

Douglas would subsequently move to Blackburn Rovers on loan from Leeds for a campaign in the Championship. The former Scotland international would go on to bag 32 appearances in a productive campaign for him [Transfermarkt].

Now he’s available for nothing after being released by Leeds at the end of the season. Celtic, meanwhile, find themselves back at square one with Laxalt back at Milan and the club in the hunt for a new left-back.

And the Lancashire Telegraph reports that both Celtic and Rangers hold an interest in Douglas as the transfer window gets set to open.

Celtic could do a lot worse than Barry Douglas, but decisions need made soon

I’ve always maintained that Douglas would be a solid option. He has vast experience in Scotland, Poland, Turkey, and England. He isn’t totally alien to European football either, having tasted it with Lech Poznan in the past.

He’s always had a wicked delivery with his left foot, and is the kind of attacking full-back Celtic fans have always enjoyed watching. There shouldn’t be any snobbery there just because he’s been playing in England’s second-tier. This is a player who was rated highly by Marcelo Bielsa during Leeds’ promotion-chasing years.

Granted, Douglas does appear to have his eyes set on another Championship switch. Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post last week, he said: “It depends what opportunities present themselves. This is a great league, a tough league and it would be lovely to try to add a third promotion to the CV.”

Former Celtic transfer target Barry Douglas is a free agent this summer – Pool/Getty Images)

Decisions on the first-team squad for next season need to be made soon. Douglas is one of plenty of free agents who won’t be sticking around for long. They’ll be snapped up in the short-term and be off the market before we even know it. That’s why the dallying with our new managerial appointment has been so infuriating for the supporters.

Celtic could do a lot worse than Douglas, but that also doesn’t mean that he’s an essential buy. It could be the case that Ange Postecoglou wants to go with more youthful intake of players this year. History suggests he likes senior pros too of course, with his Yokohama Marinos side boasting several of them.

And if Celtic made their move for former Dundee United prodigy Douglas, at 31, he would be a shrewd investment.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou’s faith in youth will undoubtedly excite Celtic’s Lennoxtown hopefuls.