Kevin Phillips has urged Barry Douglas to push through a move to Rangers this summer with first-team opportunities at Leeds United expected to be limited next season.

The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed promotion would place the first eleven under pressure at Elland Road and see the 30-year-old become surplus to requirements.

The left-back has only started five games this season having fallen behind Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski in the pecking order at the Elland Road giants.

Football Insider understands Rangers are monitoring the defender’s situation ahead of a potential summer move.

Steven Gerrard’s hopes of a summer move will have been encouraged when the Glasgow-born defender revealed on Leeds’ Twitter account that he has been a life-long fan of the Gers.

When asked by Football Insider if he believed a move to the Scottish Premiership would benefit the player, Phillips said: “Bielsa has been consistent with his team selection and it will only get tougher if they go up.

“Signings will come in and displace players that are already in the side so it would be very difficult for him to break into a Leeds side in the Premier League. If they go up many other players will be in the same situation.

“It would be a great chance to go to a club like Rangers. It will be a very attractive proposition for the player and I can see it happening.”

Football Insider understands Leeds are willing to listen to offers for the former Wolves player regardless of whether they achieve promotion this campaign.

Douglas would likely be available for a nominal fee as he only has one year remaining on his contract at Elland Road.

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