Former England forward Gabriel Agbonlahor has suggested that free agent Barry Douglas would snub Celtic for arch-rivals Rangers, even if the Gers offered a smaller wage package.
The 31-year-old Leeds defender sees his contract expire at the end of this month, following a spell on loan at EFL Championship side Blackburn Rovers for the 2020/21 campaign.
The Lancashire Telegraph report that both Glaswegian clubs are keen on procuring Douglas’ services, but the Scot could also make a return to Blackburn on a permanent basis.
However, in the event of a competition between Celtic and Rangers, Agbonlahor has backed Rangers to come out on top.
Douglas is a boyhood Rangers fan and, according to Football Insider, grew up five minutes away from Ibrox – a factor Agbonlahor feels would be decisive in any final decision.
“He’d probably go for less money to Rangers rather than join Celtic, as a Rangers fan,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.
“They’re very strong with their support, Rangers and Celtic fans. As a player when you support a team, you want to play for that team.
“I can see him going to Rangers and it would be a great signing because he’s a very good footballer.”
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A free transfer for the former Scotland international could prove to be a shrewd piece of business given that wing-back Diego Laxalt looks set to return to parent club A.C. Milan.
With 21 assists and 5 goals in 110 Championship outings, the left-back could add experience and an offensive thrust to Celtic’s back line.
Featuring in 69% of Blackburn starting line-ups this season, he has proven to be a robust and dependable option in Tony Mowbray’s side and would provide ample cover to fill the gap left by a potential Laxalt return.