By Noel Whelan

1st Sep, 2020 | 10:21am

Exclusive: Celtic tipped to sign 'Absolutely brilliant' left-footer after reported talks

Noel Whelan insists that Celtic would be signing an “absolutely brilliant” defender if they can complete a deal for Leeds United’s Barry Douglas.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Whites and Coventry forward tipped the 30-year-old “to thrive in the Scottish Premiership” after an “unlucky” spell at Elland Road.

According to the Daily Mail, the Hoops have held talks with Leeds over the signing of the left-back this summer as Neil Lennon looks to bolster his defensive options.

Douglas only made 17 appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side last season and featured predominantly as a substitute but impressed post-lockdown.

He has struggled to establish himself at Elland Road following a £3million move from Wolves in 2018 due largely to the success of Stuart Dallas.

When asked by Football Insider if Douglas would be a asset to the Scottish Champions, Whelan said:  “I think he would be a great signing for any club.

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“He has quality but we have not seen it enough at Leeds for one reason or another. He has picked up a number of injuries along the way and been unlucky.

“It was only the back end of last season that we saw the best of Barry Douglas and thought, ‘That is the player that we signed. That is the player we saw at Wolves.’

“If Celtic get a hold of him they would be getting an excellent full-back who will no doubt thrive in the Scottish Premiership. He was fantastic, absolutely brilliant against Blackburn.”

Celtic’s first-choice left-back Greg Taylor has received criticism for his performances of late while the future of Boli Bolingoli remains very uncertain.

Football Inisder revealed this morning that the Bhoys are closing in on their fourth summer signing, Shane Duffy is nearing a move to Paradise after the terms of a loan deal were agreed with Brighton.

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