Rangers and Celtic interested in left-back Barry Douglas
Rangers are in the hunt to sign free agent Barry Douglas after the left-back was released by Leeds United, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.
Douglas, 31, spent last season on loan at Blackburn in the English Championship but has since emerged as a target for both the Gers and Old Firm rivals Celtic.
The one-time Scotland international has recently been quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post that he’d consider a move to Ibrox if the opportunity arose.
Have the Lancashire Telegraph got their wires crossed here?
Douglas has said he’d consider a move to Ibrox, yes. And there are obviously going to be some very obvious rumours circulating on social media linking the Glasgow-born left-back with a move to Rangers, his boyhood club.
However, we fail to see why the Gers themselves would be interested.
For Douglas, it’s obvious to see why he’d be interested.
He’s a free agent who’s desperate to find a new club and with a young family, he’s bound to want to stay in the UK or somewhere familiar – like Glasgow where he was born and raised.
Douglas is also a fine set-piece taker with Robert Snodgrass recently describing him as being “incredible” at dead-ball situations [BBC Radio 5 Live Football Daily Podcast].
But for Rangers to want to sign the former Wolves left-back would be a very odd one.
Steven Gerrard may have ended the season without any available left-backs but Borna Barisic is the undisputed first choice in that position.
Calvin Bassey is the back up and then Jack Simpson and Joe Aribo also able to slot in there if he’s needed.
While Douglas is available on a free transfer, it would simply be a waste of time and resources in signing him and we’re sure that the former Dundee United man would rather join a club where he knows he’d play.
He’s had injury issues in England and struggled to make the step up from the Championship to the English Premier League with Leeds and Wolves both getting rid after their promotions.
We wish Douglas all the best in his search for a new club but we don’t think his next move should be to Ibrox.
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