Scottish Football Transfer News: Rangers backed to sign defender, Celtic transfer blow, Aberdeen and Hibs linked with ex-Scotland star, Ross County plan winger swoop

All the latest news and transfer speculation from around the SPFL. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group)

Glasgow was one of the host cities for Euro 2020 which was held last year. Despite the reduced capacity due to Covid-19 restrictions it was seen as a success. Now Scotland, as well as England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have joined forces to host the tournament in six years’ time.

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Scottish FA chief Ian MAxwell said: “The stadium piece is an important one for us, there’s no doubt about that, and we need to look at exactly what hosting a Euro in 2028 can bring in terms of the development of Hampden.

Leigh Griffiths is set to sign for Falkirk for the remainder of the season. The striker is out of contract after Celtic invoked a clause in his contract to release him in January with Dundee having terminated his loan deal in the hope of re-signing the player on reduced terms. (Sky Sports)

“We are very much focused on developing Hampden and we need to engage with the Scottish Government primarily to see what hosting a Euro can help with in that regard.”

Moving back to domestic focus, there are two games in League One this evening with Falkirk and Queen’s Park pushing for a play-off spot. Tomorrow sees games in the Championship, including Kilmarnock against Ayr United, and a full fixture card in the Premiership.

The big matches come at the top of the table with Aberdeen hosting league leaders Celtic and Hibs making the trip to Ibrox to face Rangers.

Scroll down and click through for all the latest news and transfer speculation from around the SPFL and Scottish football.

Eetu Vertainen’s loan exit from St Johnstone has been confirmed. The Finn, who joined in the summer, has moved to Northern Irish side Linfield until the end of the season. The 22-year-old featured eight times for Saints in the first half of the season but hasn’t featured since being hooked at half-time of a defeat to Rangers in December. (St Johnstone)
Vasilis Barkas could stay at Celtic with a move to Sweden now in doubt. The goalkeeper is not in Ange Postecoglou’s plans and he was close to a January move to Sheffield United before that fell through. IFK Goteborg had been linked with a loan swoop but they have turned their attention elsewhere. Former Aston Villa and Bournemouth keeper Orjan Nyland is the No. 1 target. (Aftonblodet)
Hampden Park could be redeveloped as part of plans to host Euro 2028. Scotland have joined forces with England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland in putting forward their case to host the tournament which could be expanded to 32 teams. SFA chief Ian Maxwell has said they will engage with the Scottish Government to look at possible ways of redeveloping the ground. (The Scotsman)
Aberdeen are eyeing up a move for Scotland star Robert Snodgrass. The 34-year-old is a free agent after leaving West Brom last month. Stephen Glass is keen to add to his attacking options with the playmaker a key target. Snodgrass is also understood to have interest from the Championship. (DailyRecord)
Dundee United’s wages to turnover ratio has hit 132 per cent. The Tannadice club released their annual accounts up until June 2021 which includes a loss of £2.5million. However, chairman Mark Ogren believes the club will turn a profit in a year’s time when the sales of Lawrence Shankland and Kerr Smith will be taken into account. (Various)
Ross County are keen on former Southampton winger Josh Sims. The 24-year-old was released in January and is free to move to a new club. Malky Mackay has already added two loan players from Southampton and is hopeful those connections will help him land the former England youth international. (DailyExpress)
Former Rangers star Ronald de Boer has backed the possible signing of Vitesse Arnhem centre-back Danilho Doekhi. The Dutchman is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with Rangers. De Boer said: “I think he’s one for the future and he would be a good signing, who could help Rangers and make them a stronger team.” (Scottish Sun)
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has revealed David Turnbull and Kyogo Furuhashi are still going through their rehab as they recover from hamstring injuries, while Yosuke Ideguchi should be available for the weeknd. The latter has not, however, been included in the club’s Conference League squad, while Turnbull and Furuhashi have. (Various)

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