By Derek Smithson
English Championship club Wolves are planning to hijack’s Celtic move to sign Konyaspor defender Barry Douglas, according to a report.
The Daily Mirror reported on their transfer blog (Tuesday) that Wolves have joined the Bhoys in hunt to sign the 27-year-old from the Turkish league.
It is understood that Konyaspor value the full-back at £750,000 and that Wolves are in market for a new left-back.
Douglas has experience in the Scottish League after playing his homeland for Dundee United and Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has made a move to sign him.
The defender was a regular last season for Konyaspor and made four appearances during the club’s Europa League campaign.
He is recognised for offering a great threat on the left flank and chipped in with five assists during 31 appearances last season.
Douglas could be offered the chance to play Champions League football under Brendan Rodgers, while Wolves have the temptation of English football as they bid to get back in the Premier League.
Celtic already have Kieran Tierney and Emilio Izaguirre as options at left-back, but the former has been linked with a move away.
Football Insider verdict:
Douglas could be a brilliant bargain at £750,000 and certainly someone that would add quality to the Celtic squad. The left-back is attack minded and has proven his qualities going forward over the years. The Bhoys usually dominate matches domestically and having athletic full-backs that can get forward is a crucial asset to have. However, Celtic have a brilliant first-choice left-back in Tierney, while Izaguirre proved to be a solid enough back-up last year. They are not in desperate need of strengthening that area and Wolves should be positive of hijacking the deal.
In other Celtic transfer news, they have received a major update in their pursuit of a 21-year-old attacker.