Rangers, Celtic and Blackburn Rovers have all been credited with an interest in Barry Douglas, by the Lancashire Telegraph.
Douglas’ Leeds United contract is up this summer and so the 31-year-old is currently looking for a new club.
As a boyhood Rangers fan who grew up ‘five minutes from Ibrox’ [‘Talking More Shutt’ on Leeds United Fan Hub YouTube], there’s naturally been some speculation on social media about the potential for the Gers to snap him up on a free.
Rumours are all it has been for some time, but now the Lancashire Telegraph are reporting that both the Gers and Celtic are interested, while also suggesting that a return to Blackburn Rovers – where he spent the 2020/21 season on loan – is possible.
It’s no surprise that a number of clubs are said to be keen on the one-cap Scotland international, who has over 300 senior club appearances to his name and should still have several more good years left in him.
The Old Firm clubs may also be taking into account his knowledge of the Scottish game from previous stints at Queen’s Park and Dundee United, while Rovers would know exactly what they were getting as he made 30 Championship appearances for them last season.
The Gers already have two options at left-back in the senior squad in Borna Barisic and Calvin Bassey, with Academy starlet James Maxwell coming through.
However, if Gerrard does feel he needs a more experienced backup for Barisic ahead of a charge at the Champions League, Douglas would be a strong choice on a free.
It’s conceivable that the fact that he supported the club as a boy could help to push him towards the Light Blues, even if more playing time is on offer elsewhere.