Player with 43 Leeds apps ready to listen to offers with Elland Rd exit on the cards - report
Leeds United left-back Barry Douglas could be on his way out of Elland Road this summer amid interest from Celtic, according to the Daily Mail.
Douglas, 30, is in the final year of his contract in West Yorkshire and a new deal is on the cards for him.
However, it is understood that the Scottish full-back is “willing to listen to offers” from other clubs after playing a bit-part role for Marcelo Bielsa in the Championship last season.
Sky Sports reported earlier this week that Douglas is high up on the list of left-backs who Celtic want to sign if they sell Boli Bolingoli after he broke coronavirus rules by travelling to Spain and failing to put himself into quarantine.
Douglas grew up as a Rangers fan but he does not seem to be fazed by the idea of heading to Celtic Park if it mean he got more first-team opportunities.
The former Wolves left-back played just 15 times in the Championship for Leeds last season and has made 43 total appearances in his two years at Elland Road.
Stuart Dallas emerged as Bielsa’s first-choice left-back while Ezgjan Alioski was also used regularly by the United manager.
Douglas ended the season third in the pecking order at left-back but that didn’t stop him putting in some impressive performances as Leeds sealed their promotion to the Premier League.
The Athletic journalist Phil Hay was full of praise for his display against Blackburn on July 4.
“To the naked eye, he was always available, always in space and always asking for the ball. That perception was supported by post-match statistics, which showed Douglas with more touches than any Leeds player except Liam Cooper, a pass completion rate of 89.3 per cent and a lucid connection between him and Gjanni Alioski on the left-wing,” said the former Yorkshire Evening Post journalist.
He also added: “The hierarchy at Elland Road, with Bielsa’s blessing, are likely to offer Douglas an extension to his deal to prevent it running out next summer.”
While Leeds might be willing to do that after a couple of good displays, if the player gets his head turned by the possibility of increased game-time, European football and guaranteed silverware, we really cannot blame him.
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