Former Celtic player and media personality, Frank McAvennie has been told by ‘sources’ Celtic could be in for Leeds left back Barry Douglas after initial interest shown earlier this window.

Celtic are very much in the market for a left-back who can fit into Neil Lennon’s 3-5-2 system and have so far been rebuffed by Charlton for Alfie Doughty.

Douglas is a talented player but has had his fair share of injuries in the past which could be a concern. McAvennie believes there’s something in the transfer talk and it could be stopping Peter Lawwell from bidding further for the lad from Charlton.

“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.” McAvennie told Football Insider.

“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 humming and hawing about the boy at Charlton.”

If Celtic are to make just one more signing, it has to be someone to fill that position and give Greg Taylor competition. Boli Bolingoli has moved out on loan and we don’t have many options at the moment. If Taylor got injured we’d be playing someone majorly out of position which isn’t ideal by any stretch.

Barry is unlikely to be a starter for Leeds this season in the Premier League and according to Sports Salary, the defender command a £13kpw wage at the moment. Which could have been bumped up slightly after promotion.

Hopefully the club are working hard on a move before the October 5 deadline.


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