The pundit claims he has been told by his ‘sources’ that Celtic are working on a deal to sign the defender in order to further strengthen their squad.
Celtic will be expected to put out the strongest squad possible as they challenge for a historic tenth straight Scottish league title. While the club have already done some impressive business in the transfer window this season, there is always room for improvement. As a result, do not be surprised to see them make a few more moves before the transfer window slams shut on the 5th of October.
One area that has looked like a bit of a weakness in this side seems to be their defence. In their first 7 games, they have given away 5 goals. While that is not terrible by any stretch of the imagination, at Celtic you expect to be the best in the league in all facets of the game. And the fact of the matter is that Hibernian and Aberdeen have also conceded the same number of goals while the Rangers have given away only two despite playing a game more.
The position that is in need to of some immediate injection of fresh signings is left-back. Greg Taylor remains the only option there with both Jonny Hayes and Boli Bolingoli having left already through the course of the current window. And Taylor has not shown enough to be trusted for the entirety of such an important season. In fact, many fans would argue that he is the weakest link in the current team.
One man who has been continuously linked with Celtic is Leeds United’s Barry Douglas. He is yet to feature this season and has only a year left on his contract. Thus, it is not hard to understand why the Premier League side might be keen to let him go.
Frank McAvennie told Football Insider that he has been told by sources that the Hoops might be working on a deal for Douglas:
“I’ve been told by sources about the boy at Leeds, Barry Douglas. Maybe something is happening with that in the background, I do not know. I do not know what the situation is but I have heard that he is a really good player.
“There are players out there for Celtic to go and get that won’t cost millions and millions.
“This boy Douglas is supposed to be good, so why not? I do not know what the transfer fee would be but with one year left on his contract I am sure they could negotiate something. He is not playing so Leeds might want somebody paying his wages.
“If Peter (Lawwell) wants him he will go and negotiate and maybe that is why he is umming and ahing about the boy at Charlton.”
It is not hard to see why Celtic would want to sign Douglas. He has some great attacking attributes, something that is important when you play for Celtic. And with Lennon looking to shift to a 3-5-2, the role of a wing-back might be tailor-made for him.
And while it is hard to say at this moment whether he will be at Parkhead by the end of the transfer window, do not be surprised if he is. Celtic need a left-back desperately and he seems to be the guy who makes most sense right now.