Scottish football transfer RECAP: Celtic defender blow, Rangers interest in Aberdeen's Wright confirmed

Latest news, headlines and transfer tales from around Scottish football on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

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Last updated: Tuesday, 12 January, 2021, 16:37

  • Hibs sign Jackson Irvine
  • Old Firm keen on starlet
  • Rangers interest in Aberdeen ace confirmed

Good morning

Welcome to the Scotsman’s live blog following Scottish football throughout Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

It was a busy day yesterday and there’s been plenty of fall-out and reaction to catch up on.

But first, here’s your daily diet of transfer stories. It is January after all…

Rangers look at Fashion-able signing, Celtic could face probe, Hibs a good fit says Australian boss, SPFL pair eye former Aberdeen forward - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill

Celtic and Dubai, Rangers and penalties – what a week it has been for Scottish football – and it’s not over yet. Far from it.

The team went away, but the story won’t.

James McFadden told BBC Sportscene that Celtic must apologise for their trip to the Middle East.

'Celtic need to accept wrongdoing' - McFadden

Celtic should apologise for "wrongdoing" after admitting to Covid-19 protocol breaches on their ill-advised training trip to Dubai, says former Scotland forward James McFadden.

Ian Maxwell has also admitted that while the trip was allowed - Celtic could still face disciplinary action from the governing body.

Celtic face SFA probe into events of Dubai trip - but not the journey itself

The Scottish FA will look into any alleged breaches of Covid protocols during Celtic’s trip to Dubai, says chief executive Ian Maxwell – but the club won’t be investigated for the trip itself.

Former First Minister Henry McLeish has hammered the SFA decision to close down the leagues below the Championship for the remainder of January, claiming the governing bodies have sacrificed clubs because of Celtic’s wrongdoing.

Henry McLeish hits out at SPFL and SFA for 'selling out' Scottish football after latest shutdown decision

Henry McLeish, the former First Minister, has accused the football authorities of “selling out” the game after the SFA and SPFL chose to suspend Scottish football in all but the top two tiers.

But Ian Maxwell denies that claim here

Micky Mellon dropped Paul McMullan from his first-team squad after the winger signed a pre-contract deal with rivals Dundee.

Now the Dundee United boss thinks it is best for all parties that an agreement is reached for the ex-Stenhousemuir and Dunfermline man to move out of Tannadice permanently this month. (The Courier)

Partick Thistle - one of the full-time clubs in League One - have criticised the decision to close the lower leagues down.

In a scathing statement the Jags said they ‘foretold’ of the shutdown potential.

Leeann Dempster has a new role in football after her departure from Hibs

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Leeann Dempster confirmed in new role at Queen's Park, hopes to add more Hampden highlights after Hibs' 2016 Scottish Cup

Former Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster has been confirmed as Queen’s Park’s new chief executive, after leaving Easter Road last year.

The reason Armstrong Oko-flex was wearing earphones on the touchline has been revealed - he was receiving instructions from boss Neil Lennon.

The youngster was seen wearing Airpods as he prepared to come on as a second half substitute against Hibs last night.

Celtic slash Edouard price

Celtic are said to have lowered their demands for Odsonne Edouard in a bid to sell off their prize asset this month. (Football Insider)

Scott Wright attracts interest

Aberdeen have confirmed Rangers interest in Scott Wright - the winger’s deal expires at the end of the season.

Dons boss Derek McInnes is “resigned” to losing the player and has revealed the Ibrox side are not the only ones interested.

Celtic transfer target Filip Benkovic has signed for OH Leuven.

DONE DEAL: Hibs sign Jackson Irvine

Hibs have completed the impressive signing of Jackson Irvine.

The Australian international has signed a deal until the end of the season.

He hasn’t played in around ten months since the pandemic started and he left Hull City.

Old Firm could nab Leeds United target

Celtic and Rangers could move for Leeds United target Sean McGurk, according to transfer specialist Alan Nixon.

The 17-year-old attacking midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season.

Leeds United have had a bid for the Wigan Athletic starlet rejected.

Eddie Howe backed to be interested in Celtic job

Former Celtic striker Mark Burchill has backed Eddie Howe to be interested in the Parkhead job if it becomes available.

Burchill is a scout for Howe’s former club Bournemouth.

The ex-Cherries boss was at one point favourite to take over from Neil Lennon.

Burchill told the Celtic Huddle Podcast: "So I think that could be something that would entice him north of the border.

Also, I think the chance to play European football is something that would be a carrot for anyone down south who would look at it and say, 'I never got the opportunity to work or play in Europe and win cups and leagues'.”

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