Reliable journalist shares Barry Douglas stance after reported interest from Celtic
With all of the incomings in the past week at Leeds United, there was bound to be rumours of players leaving.
One of the first to emerge were reports of Barry Douglas. Sky Sports reported that the Scotsman was high on Celtic’s shortlist after their problems with Boli Bolingoli.
The Scottish giants could offer Champions League football, but the Whites will give him his first real chance in the Premier League if he stays.
So, where is his head? Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross has shared Douglas’ stance on a potential exit, and it’s great news for all concerned at Elland Road.
“The crucial point is Douglas’s happiness,” he wrote. “Of course, he would have wanted to play more, but which footballer doesn’t want that?
“United’s number three is not rocking the boat, not looking for a move and remains committed to the club as they begin their Premier League journey.”
Douglas may have fallen down the pecking order behind Stuart Dallas this season, but he proved himself at numerous times last season.
When Dallas was injured against Blackburn in the run-in, Douglas stepped in and was superb in keeping the balance in Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
The real test was against Arsenal in the FA Cup back in January, where he came up against the lightning Nicolas Pepe and kept him relatively quiet.
The left-back is only on a reported £10,000-a-week at Elland Road, and with one year left on his current deal, Douglas could be a cheap option for the Whites to keep around and strengthen elsewhere.
Bielsa has put together this harmonious squad and having an option such as Douglas as a rotation option could be perfect next season.
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