All the latest news and transfer speculation from around the SPFL. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group)
Sunday brought an example of the Celtic and Rangers dominance as the Glasgow giants defeated fourth-place Motherwell and third-place Hearts 4-0 and 5-0 respectively in what were largely comfortable performances and victories.
It ensures there is just one point separating the rivals at the top of the table going into another midweek round of fixtures.
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All the teams from third to seventh failed to win with Dundee United squeezing into the top six courtesy of a draw. There were big wins fro Ross County, Livingston and St Mirren who are all now looking upwards to sixth or even fourth.
Joe Aribo is a key transfer target for Crystal Palace boss Patrick Viera. The Eagles will be looking to sign a midfielder to replace Conor Gallagher who is on loan from Chelsea. The Premier League club watched the player in action recently and it is understood he will cost £10million. (Scottish Sun)
At the bottom, Dundee’s troubles continue while St Johnstone edged away from their rivals by a point.
On Friday in the Championship, Arbroath recorded a momentous win, defeating Kilmarnock 1-0 to extend their league at the top with Morton’s rise continuing under Dougie Imrie with a 1-0 success at Inverness.
In the SWPL, there were big wins for Rangers over Glasgow City at the top and Aberdeen, Hearts and Partick Thistle.
There is yet another midweek fixture card in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday with games also taking place in the Championship on the same night and League One on Tuesday.
Ange Postecoglou confirmed “discussions” will be taking place to sign Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers on permanent deals. Celtic have the players on loan from Benfica and Tottenham Hotspur respectively. With Jack, Celtic have a £6m option, while Carter-Vickers is reported to be valued at a similar price. Postecoglou said: “Those discussions will be taking place over the course of the next period with Michael Nicholson at the forefront of that.” (Various)
The action just doesn’t stop with plenty of games coming up before Scotland’s mammoth World Cup play-off with Ukraine in March.
Scroll down and click through for all the latest news and transfer speculation from around the SPFL and Scottish football.
Aaron Ramsey told Rangers the performance in the 5-0 win over Hearts is the “benchmark” going forward. The Welsh star made his debut following his loan move from Juventus. He said: “It was important for us to get going from the off and we did that with the tackles, and the chances we created, We really got the crowd behind us early on. That’s the benchmark now.” (Various)
Robbie Neilson has claimed referees just want managers to be robots at the side of the park. The Hearts boss received a yellow card from Willie Collum during his side’s 5-0 loss at Rangers. He said: “The remit now has changed, they just book you for anything. I think they just want you to stand there and be a robot.” (The Scotsman)
Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst praised the returning Alfredo Morelos for giving the team that “bit extra”. The striker has missed the game due to an international call-up. He hit double figures in the league with his brace from him. Van Bronckhorst said: “We know what he can bring to the team-a lot of threat up front, especially with his movement from him.” (The Scotsman)
“We are too nice” was the verdict from Aberdeen star Ross McCrorie. The Dons fell to another away defeat, losing 2-1 at Livingston. The team dropped out of the top six as a result. McCrorie said: “We are in the trenches now and need to battle more. We are too nice and we need to start being more of a team together. There were a few words spoken at the end of the game” (Press & Journal)
Ange Postecoglou is not concerning himself with talk of a new contract for Tom Rogic. The midfielder has been in brilliant form for Celtic this season, scoring twice in the 4-0 win over Motherwell on Sunday. His contract with him is up at the end of the season. Postecoglou said: “It’s the last thing on my mind, mate. Unless someone knocks on my door and says they want to go I’ll just let it roll.” (Scottish Sun)
Dundee United striker Tony Watt has admitted it “can’t just be tippy-tappy football from me”. The £100,000 arrival from Motherwell has impressed but he is yet to get off the mark for his new club. He hit the post in the draw with St Johnstone on Saturday. He said: “To be a top striker you have to score that (shot off the post). I know that myself. The team is relying on me to score goals.” (Courier)
Former Aberdeen loanee Matty Longstaff claimed he didn’t fit into the team due to the number of long balls. The Newcastle United midfielder had his loan cut short having failed to make an impact and is now at English League Two side Mansfield. He said: “In Scotland everything was more of a fight…(We played) a bit of a long ball kind of game.” (Mansfield FC)