Self-confessed Rangers fan Barry Douglas has completed a loan move to Blackburn Rovers from Leeds United following reported interest from Celtic.

When Douglas told the Talking Shutt Youtube programme in the spring that he grew up as a Rangers fan and then Kevin Phillips backed him to move to Ibrox [Football Insider], some Bears got their hopes up on social media.

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Leeds United full-back Barry Douglas grew up a Rangers fan and was linked with a move to Celtic but has joined Blackburn Rovers on loan. (Photo by Phil Noble – Pool/Getty Images)

Yet, when the transfer window opened, it was actually the Gers’ Old Firm rivals who showed interest in the 28-year-old, who had fallen out of favour under Marcelo Bielsa [Anthony Joseph Twitter].

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No move to Parkhead materialised but on domestic deadline day, he did finally seal a move away from Elland Road.

The left-back joined Championship club Blackburn Rovers on loan until the end of the season, with the Blue and Whites announcing the transfer on Friday morning.

 

It’s a step down for Douglas but he’s returning to a league in which he’s been very successful in the past, helping both Leeds and Wolves to second-tier titles and by extension, automatic promotions to the Premier League.

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Rovers are currently sixth in the table following a strong start to the season and host Nottingham Forest at Ewood Park on Saturday.

Douglas’ Leeds contract expires at the end of next season, although Leeds’ sporting director Victor Orta penned an open letter to the player after the transfer was announced [Leedsunited.com], suggesting it could be the end of the road for him in Yorkshire.

Meanwhile, new Rangers signing Bongani Zungu is set to miss at least the next three Rangers matches after Steven Gerrard provided an update on the midfielder on Friday [Rangers FC Twitter].

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