Scottish Football Transfers: Rangers target signs new deal, Incredible Celtic claim, Leigh Griffiths set for shock move, Hearts keen on defender, Aberdeen star near loan exit, Hibs goalkeeper offers

All the latest from around the SPFL. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group)

There were a host of deals which went through on deadline day, none bigger than Aaron Ramsey’s loan move to Rangers. Fans of the Ibrox club, and others from around the country, were still getting their heads around the Welshman with a Rangers scarf above their heads following the switch from Juventus.

While that was the biggest move, the most controversial was Raith Rovers’ decision to sign David Goodwillie from Clyde. The backlash of that transfer continues with a number of the club’s staff and volunteers walking about from the club due to the player’s past. A civil court case ruled he had raped a women in 2011. It is a move which has been condemned from many inside and outside of football.

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Looking at on the field action, the Edinburgh and Dundee derbies both finished goalless on Tuesday, while on Wednesday night Celtic blew away Rangers with a fantastic first-half performance at Parkhead, racing into a 3-0 lead. After the break it was simply about containment as Ange Postecoglou’s men top of the table with their rivals having now dropped points in three of their four games since returning after the winter break.

James McAtee has signed a new long-term deal with Manchester City following transfer interest from Rangers. The 19-year-old midfielder was a loan target for the Scottish champions prior to their signing of Aaron Ramsey. The Ibrox side were one of a number of clubs linked with a move late in the January window. McAtee stayed put and has now extended his stay from him. (Various)

Another huge win saw St Johnstone move off the bottom with a late 2-1 win over Livingston thanks to an Ali Crawford winner.

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

Falkirk have made a move to sign Leigh Griffiths. The striker was released by Celtic last month. His loan from him at Dundee ended and he rejected a deal to stay at Dens Park. Now, League One Bairns and rivals Queen’s Park are interested in the Scotland international. Falkirk are willing to offer £1,500-a-week to help their promotion bid through the play-offs. (Scottish Sun)
Kilmarnock are closing in on the loan signing of Dean Campbell from Aberdeen. Clubs below the Premiership can still recruit players on loan. Derek McInnes has already added shrewdly for Killie’s promotion push with Declan Glass the latest to join. Campbell who has been a bit-part first-team player for Stephen Glass could now link up with his old boss from him. (DailyRecord)
Hearts have offered defender Joe Wright a chance to train with the team with a view to a possible move to the club. The 26-year-old was on the verge of signing for the Jam Tarts in the summer before an injury in his final game for Doncaster Rovers kept him out long term. Wright remains a free agent. (EveningNews)
Kevin Dabrowski revealed he had offers to leave Hibs. The goalkeeper starred in the recent Edinburgh derby – his debut for the club – keeping a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw which saw him earn man of the match from Sky Sports. He said: “Last season, I had a lot of offers when my contract expired. When I was young, I signed for four years but then my contract expired and I still hadn’t had a chance so I was a little frustrated.” (Various)
Dundee are waiting for Fifa to decide whether or not their move for Zeno Ibsen Rossi will be completed. A last-minute loan deal was put in place with the former Kilmarnock defender set to join from Bournemouth. Registration, however, was not signed off until after the deadline and the decision is now done to Fifa. (DailyRecord)
Aberdeen star Johnny Hayes is keen to sign a new deal with the club. The Dons star is one of six out of contract at the end of the season. Now 34, the Irishman has proven his versatility with a number of games at left-back this campaign. He said: “Whatever happens in football happens. I would like to stay. I am quite settled here.” (Press and Journal)
Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon reckons some of the club’s fans will regret their protests after the defeat to Ross County in the League Cup during the lockdown season. The pressure increased as the club went for their tenth title in a row. Lennon said: “Lockdowns had affected everyone in so many negative ways, so there was a lot of frustration out there. Rightly or wrongly, some of those fans showed in their own way at the time. “I’d like to think most of them now regret that.” (FourFourTwo)
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has claimed Reo Hatate is nowhere near the adequate fitness levels despite the Japanese ace starring in the 3-0 win over Rangers. The midfielder seemed to be everywhere as he scored twice and set up the third. Postecoglou said: “We know he’s got quality and he’ll get better. You can see he’s nowhere near the levels of fitness required but we’ll build him up slowly.” (Various)

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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