By Danny Mills

8th Jun, 2021 | 1:52pm

Mills has intriguing theory as Rangers told to swoop for exit-bound Leeds ace Douglas

Barry Douglas is a “quality player” who would be a welcome addition to the Rangers squad, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England defender insisted the defender’s ties to the Ibrox outfit should not play a factor in any potential move.

The Lancashire Telegraph reported yesterday (June 7) Douglas is attracting attention from both Rangers and Celtic with his Leeds United contract set to expire at the end of the month.

He spent the recently completed campaign on loan at Blackburn Rovers but the most successful season of his career came in Wolves’ Championship-winning campaign under Nuno in 2017-18.

Douglas was a firm favourite of the manager, who hailed his “phenomenal” set pieces in a campaign in which he supplied 14 league assists and five goals from left-back.

The 31-year-old told the Yorkshire Evening Post at the end of May he would have to consider any chance to move back to Glasgow where he grew up five minutes away from Ibrox.

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“I never buy into the argument of being a fan and loving the club,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“I think it makes absolutely zero difference. You either bring in a good player or you don’t. You either bring in a player with a good character and a good attitude, a quality player…

“And I think he is a quality player and would certainly add to Rangers’ squad without a doubt.

“That theory of him knowing the club, that lasts about 20 minutes into your first game. If you’re having a shocker it really does not matter.

“It’s great for the fans when you say you love the club and kiss the badge but then when you have a shocker in the first 20 minutes of your first game then all of sudden that’s gone.

“It makes no difference. You’ve just got to bring in good players with a good attitude and a good work ethic then you’ve got half a chance.”

In other news, Rangers have been told to negotiate a cut-price deal for a Premier League striker amid an “important” Atheltic reveal.