Scottish football transfer RECAP: Celtic battle Leeds United to sign attacking midfielder, 'something must've happened' to stop Filip Benkovic return, will Scott Wright play after pre-contract Rangers move?
Scottish football transfer news on Wednesday, January 13
Transfer business is hotting up in Scottish football with a few of the bigger clubs already making splashes in the January window.
Hearts made their first signing of the month after managing to tempt Gary Mackay-Steven to Tynecastle. Rivals Hibs, meanwhile, have been busy themselves with the addition of goalkeeper Matt Macey, which was soon followed by the signing of Jackson Irvine on a deal until the summer.
Rangers have yet to add to their squad in the January window but the Ibrox club have been linked with a number of players, while interest in Aberdeen’s Scott Wright has been confirmed by Dons boss Derek McInnes.
Celtic have also yet to make a signing but are another club expected to have a busy month. A new centre-back is top of Neil Lennon’s wishlist while they also eye another winger.
Scottish football transfer RECAP
Last updated: Wednesday, 13 January, 2021, 22:02
- Wednesday, January 13, 2021
All 42 clubs set for crisis talks
All 42 SPFL clubs will hold crisis talks with SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell as they look to survive the through the spike in coronavirus cases.
All football below the Championship has been suspended, while Premiership clubs are seeking answers over a £20 million government bailout which is yet to materialise. (Daily Record)
Celtic can’t recall Hendry
Celtic can’t recall Jack Hendry in the January transfer window despite the centre-back’s sparking form for KV Oostende in the Belgian top flight as there was no option to do so in the deal that sent him on loan.
Oostende wish to sign the 25-year-old permanently but face competition from England and clubs in other top leagues across Europe. (Daily Record)
Wright to Rangers latest
Derek McInnes says he’ll continue to play Scott Wright even if the attacker signs a pre-contract with Rangers.
Oxford United are also interested in the 23-year-old, but Rangers lead the chase as they’re the only club to express an interest in signing the player this window. (Daily Record)
Benkovic sub queried
Former Celtic hero Frank McAvennie believes it’s strange that Filip Benkovic rejected the chance to return to his old club in favour of a loan deal with Belgian side OH Leuven.
Benkovic previously impressed on loan at the reigning Scottish champions and McAvennie feels “something must have happened” for the defender to turn down Celtic and play on the continent instead.
Celtic battle Leeds for McGurk
Celtic have joined the fight with Leeds United to land 17-year-old Sean McGurk.
The Wigan Athletic youngster is being tracked by a host of big clubs who see real potential in the attacking midfielder.
Moussa of Madrid
Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has finalised his deal with Atletico Madrid this afternoon, according to Get France Football News.
The deal will be until the end of the season on loan, but the Hoops will be keen to hear of any potential future move with add-ons installed in his transfer to Lyon from Celtic Park.
Rangers youth Ben Williamson has moved to Arbroath on loan for the remainder of the season.
Old Firm denied
While one Dembele is on the move, another isn’t….
Siriki Dembele, older brother of Celtic prodigy Karamoko, isn’t leaving Peterborough in this transfer window according to Posh director of football Barry Fry.
Rangers and Celtic had been credited with an interest in the player (HITC)
Game’s a Wright off
Rangers have been foiled if they were planning on watching target Scott Wright tonight in action against Livingston.
The Aberdeen game at West Lothian has suffered a late call-off - the second in as many weeks at the Tony Macaroni Arena - this time due to a deluge of rain on the synthetic surface.
Derek McInnes confirmed the Ibrox interest in the winger during yesterday’s pre-match press conference - here.
And had his say again tonight in Livingston
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes hopes Scott Wright takes confidence from the interest being expressed in the winger – because the Dons boss intends on playing him while he still has him.
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