Frank McAvennie is adamant that Greg Taylor needs competition at left-back as Leeds United’s Barry Douglas holds reported talks with Celtic over a move.

The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that Taylor, 22, would benefit from the arrival of another quality defender at Paradise.

The Daily Mail report that the Glasgow giants have held talks with Leeds over a potential deal for Douglas as Neil Lennon looks to bolster his defensive options.

Taylor has received criticism for his performances of late and his deputy, Boli Bolingoli, is far from guaranteed to be at the club come the end of this transfer window.

Leeds’ Douglas, 30, could be available for a bargain price this autumn as he enters the final year of his contract at Elland Road.

When asked by Football Insider if Douglas would be a welcome addition at Celtic Park, McAvennie said:

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“Celtic like to play free and open football but sometimes I see him by Edouard and I think, ‘Really?’ I like free flowing football as a centre-forward but I never played with defenders who came past the strikers.

“Sometimes you have got to hold, I know he has energy and wants a goal but first and foremost you are a defender. Take a leaf out of Kieran Tierney’s book.

“Taylor is still young but he does not have anyone to push him. Barry Douglas would give him competition. That is what it is all about, getting pushed.

“When Patrick Roberts came in, my god, all of a sudden Forrest was one of the best players on the park. Psychologically when somebody comes in you get a wee kick up the backside and maybe he needs that to step up a gear.”

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