Alex McLeish warns Rangers not to sign Barry Douglas this summer
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Alex McLeish has warned Rangers off signing former Leeds United defender Barry Douglas on a free deal this summer.
The Scotsman has been released from Elland Road after suffering numerous injuries during his two-year spell in West Yorkshire.
Douglas has admitted he would love a move to Ibrox, but McLeish believes Steven Gerrard already has enough options at left-back and could cause himself a headache.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “He’s got great experience.
“I think two is a company, but three is a crowd; especially when you’re bringing in an experienced full-back, Bassey will know he is second to Barisic.
“When you’ve got three fighting for a position, it’s three good quality players, it can become very difficult for the man managing the whole thing.
“It causes more headaches than anything else.”
It has been a nightmare couple of years for Douglas since leaving Wolves to move to Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa.
The defender suffered from constant injury problems at Elland Road but did get some football when on loan at Blackburn last season.
Borna Barisic is guaranteed to start at Ibrox, and with the young talent Calvin Bassey as back-up, McLeish is spot on to suggest there is no need.
We have seen what Nathan Patterson has done in the past few months when covering for James Tavernier, so any problem to Barisic could offer Bassey the exact same opportunity.
Douglas has seen it all and would offer great experience to those around him, but there is really no need to waste wages on this move.
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