Barry Douglas is available on a free transfer this summer and could Nottingham Forest consider a swoop for the experienced man?

The left-back recently departed Leeds United, shortly after spending last season on loan with Blackburn Rovers.

He made 32 appearances in Tony Mowbray’s team and is a vastly experienced player at Championship level.

It would seem as though Bristol City currently lead the chase. That represents bad news for Celtic and Rangers, with both Old Firm clubs linked this summer.

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Douglas could be ideal for Forest; Photo; Jan Kruger; Getty Images

The 31-year-old first came to England in 2017. He signed for Wolves from Konyaspor in Turkey and helped the club into the Premier League.

A shot at the Premier League never came though. He was sold before the club had kicked a ball in the top-flight, with Leeds taking him on.

He became a regular at Leeds, playing 44 times as they narrowly missed out on promotion, registering five assists in the process.

Forest find themselves in need of a left-back. Yuri Ribeiro has departed the club, whilst Gaetan Bong has been deemed surplus to requirements.

 

Tyler Blackett is still at the club but keeping him fit for 46 games could prove problematic for Chris Hughton.

With that in mind, a move for Douglas could be an attractive short-term option.

He knows the league, would add experience to a young group and does a job at both ends of the pitch.

Wise elderly head: Douglas fits Forest bill

It goes without saying that Hughton needs to lower the average age of the squad this summer.

A team full of youngsters isn’t ideal though and if you’re going to have experienced performers, then someone like Douglas could work.

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Douglas has also been linked with the Old Firm this summer; Photo; Athena Pictures; Getty Images)

Having a left-back who knows the division and who can lead from the back makes sense and Douglas wouldn’t cost the earth in wages.

Some supporters will baulk at the concept of a 31-year-old checking in but on a free transfer for a year or two, Douglas would make sense.

Rangers and Celtic are linked and clearly feel he can still do a job; so why not Nottingham Forest?

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