By Pranav Shahaney

16th Jun, 2021 | 12:45pm

Rangers-linked Barry Douglas decides where he wants to play next season

Leeds United full-back Barry Douglas, who has been linked with Rangers, would prefer staying put in the Championship rather than moving anywhere else this summer.

According to The Daily Mirror, the one-time Scotland international, who will be out of contract at the end of the month, would love the chance to stay in the English second division and attempt to secure a hat-trick of promotions.

Having achieved promotion with Wolves in 2017/18, he did the same with Leeds United in 2019/20, and would like to join another Championship outfit to help get them promoted next season.

This past season, he spent on loan at Blackburn Rovers who were unable to qualify for the play-offs.

It seems as though Bristol City are favourites to sign Douglas, ahead of Rangers and Celtic to secure the player’s services.

Will be a good backup

Douglas has been something of a traveller in the past few seasons. In 2015, he found himself playing for Polish outfit Lech Poznan while a couple of years later he was winning the Turkish cup with Konyaspor.

He then moved to Wolves before joining Leeds, but it looks like his travelling days are behind him and he’s happy to stay on the shores of Great Britain.

If in case, he does change his mind, as we could offer him a chance to play in the Champions League, then he would serve as a decent backup to Borna Barisic and could see Joe Aribo return to a more familiar midfield position.

Douglas, 31, is not the youngest of signings so we’re not expecting him to suddenly take the division by storm, but having players like him in the dressing room could be vital.

Steven Gerrard values experience a great deal, having extended Jermain Defoe’s contract, and could see the Leeds United defender’s years of playing in different countries valuable.

He’s referred to as an ‘impeccable professional’ by Marcelo Bielsa [Leeds United official website], so we’re safe to assume that he would be a good fit for our dressing room.

It remains to be seen whether or not we can convince him to change his mind.

In other Rangers news, ‘Yes definitely’ – Rangers-linked international defender open to move this summer