Celtic may still be interested in a move for Leeds United defender Barry Douglas, according to Frank McAvennie

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suspects that the club’s failure to meet Charlton Athletic’s asking price for Alfie Doughty, 20, may be due to interest in Douglas.

The 31-year-old, like Doughty, is into the final nine months of his contract and Leeds may look to cash in now rather than lose him on a free next summer.

Sky Sports claimed earlier this summer that Douglas was “high up” on Celtic’s shortlist of left-backs and the Daily Mail later reported that talks had been held between the two parties.

The Hoops are in the market for a new left-back after Boli Bolingoli joined Istanbul Basaksehir on loan with numerous bids for Charlton’s Doughty rejected.

McAvennie believes Hoops chief executive Peter Lawwell could negotiate a deal for Douglas.

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“I’ve been told by sources about the boy at Leeds, Barry Douglas,” he told Football Insider.

“Maybe something is happening with that in the background, I do not know. I do not know what the situation is but I have heard that he is a really good player.

“There are players out there for Celtic to go and get that won’t cost millions and millions. Celtic can pick up players from the Championship.

“This boy Douglas is supposed to be good, so why not? I do not know what the transfer fee would be but with one year left on his contract I am sure they could negotiate something. He is not playing so Leeds might want somebody paying his wages.

“If Peter (Lawwell) wants him he will go and negotiate and maybe that is why he is umming and ahing about the boy at Charlton.” 

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