LiveScottish Football LIVE: Dundee United eye Celtic 'target', Rangers talks with attacker stall, Hearts eye double signing
The January transfer window in Scotland is into its third week and it is yet to really take off.
After promising plenty in the first few days it has somewhat quietened. It may be because games have been coming thick and fast for some teams or because there has been so much uncertainty off the pitch, headlines dominated by Celtic’s excursion to Dubai, the Scottish Government’s take on the situation and, of course, football in the country being postponed below the Championship after more strict lockdown rules due to the coronavirus.
The lingering presence of the virus and the debilitating threat it poses to the game if the situation worsens has perhaps made clubs alter their transfer window plans. A number of Premiership clubs have recalled players who were on loan in the bottom two tiers, such as Dundee United’s Chris Mochrie at Montrose.
It would be completely understandable for teams to shelf any new signings, at least until the summer, but some clubs have already done some key business. St Mirren, for example, who have brought in two forwards and Hibs, who added three.
Plans can, of course, change. The window closes at midnight on Monday, February 1. The final week, and especially the last few days, are often the most hectic in the January window as team panic or re-asses their squad and make players available.
We will have all the latest from around the SPFL throughout the day as and when it happens, including any transfer talk.
Scottish Football LIVE: Latest news and transfer speculation
Last updated: Monday, 18 January, 2021, 11:12
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- Hearts transfer hunt
United target Gallagher
Dundee United are keen on Motherwell centre-back Declan Gallagher.
The Scotland star is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a moved to Celtic with reported interest from Aberdeen, Hibs and Blackburn Rovers.
According to the Glasgow Times, however, Dundee United are considering a pre-contract offer which would make him one of the club’s highest paid players.
Commons: Celtic are not certain to finish second
There is no certainty that Celtic will finish second, says former Celt Kris Commons.
"You could not completely discount the possibility of Celtic failing to finish second.
“When you are capable of losing at home to Ross County and have drawn against Hibs and Livingston, games in hand don't mean that much.”
Wilshere to sign for Bournemouth
Jack Wilshere, who has heavily been linked with Rangers, is set to sign for Bournemouth.
A contract has been agreed for his return to the Cherries where he has been training.
An announcement is expected later today.
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Kent contract update
Ryan Kent is yet to put pen to paper in a new Rangers deal.
According to a report, talks have stalled between player and club “due to complications stemming from Kent switching agents at the end of last year”.
The winger, who was subject of a bid from Leeds United last year, signed a deal until 2023 when he signed for £7m from Liverpool.
Celtic to sell Ntcham
Celtic are willing to sell midfielder Olivier Ntcham this month, according to a report.
The Frenchman has had interest from his homeland as well as from team in the Premier League.
Contracted until 2022, Ntcham has started just seven times in the league this season.
Hearts transfer latest
Hearts boss Robbie Neilson is on the hunt for two players to add to his squad.
The Championship leaders added Gary Mackay-Steven earlier this month but following the departure of Olly Lee, a midfielder is on the wanted list alongside a striker.
Neilson confirmed that he had players in mind.
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