Scottish football transfer update: Midfielder KEEN to join Rangers, NO bids for Celtic star, Aberdeen net record deal, Hibs ace gets backing

A look back at some of the Scottish football news, transfers and speculation from the day

Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 5:00 pm

The transfer window is slowly but surely coming to an end with a key deal in the SPFL going through today.

Could more be about to follow in the coming days?

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Here’s a round-up of the stories making the headlines from around the SPFL today:

Daniel Johnson is understood to be keen on joining Rangers. Picture: SNS
Daniel Johnson is understood to be keen on joining Rangers. Picture: SNS

McKenna completes Forest move

Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of Scott McKenna on a four-year deal.

The deal represents a club record for Aberdeen as he moves to the English Championship.

McKenna departs after 118 appearances for the Dons and as a Scotland international.

Ex-Hearts ace set for trial with rivals

Osman Sow is set to go on trial with Dundee in an attempt to win a deal with the Championship side.

The ex-Hearts and Dundee United striker is without a club since leaving Tannadice at the end of last season.

Dundee are also monitoring another former Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci.

No Ajer bids

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has confirmed the club have received no bids for defender Kristoffer Ajer.

The Norwegian is set to start in the club’s Europa League qualifying clash on Thursday against Riga.

Lennon said: “You can't control speculation - there's been no concrete offers, no confirmation of anything and we don't want to sell him.

"He's in a good place mentally, I spoke to him on it yesterday.

"I'm there as support for him, sometimes it can be a very distracting situation he finds himself in."

Rangers ‘baffled’

The Ibrox boss has been hit with the charge following comments over a challenge by Dundee United defender Ryan Edwards on striker Alfredo Morelos.

Rangers have labelled the charge ‘bizarre’ and will “robustly contest” it.

Porteous backing

Hibs defender Ryan Porteous has earned the backing of Scotland U21 boss Scot Gemmill after being called up for the latest internationals.

The centre-back came in for criticism in some quarters for his role in the club’s 2-2 draw with Rangers on Sunday, plus the aftermath with words exchanged with Steven Gerrard and James Tavernier.

Gemmill said: "I don't think you can be a top player without having that edge. I speak to the players about this before every game. Your opponent is trying to beat you and embarrass you, so you have to take it personally.

"I love to see that [aggressive streak] in the team. You need to have it to be successful.”

Midfielder keen to join Rangers

Rangers target Daniel Johnson is “keen” to make the move to Ibrox.

The midfielder’s former team-mate Andy Little, who joined Preston North End from Rangers in 2014, told the Scottish Sun he had heard Johnson is eyeing a move north.

Little said: “I’ve heard that he’s keen to go to Rangers through my contacts down there so I think that’s very important.

“Getting the chance to go to Ibrox doesn’t happen every day of the week and I feel he will handle playing for Rangers.

“In my opinion there are a lot of similarities between him and Joe Aribo – they’ve got that technical ability and the skill to find a pass.”