It was a hectic close to a hectic transfer window in Scotland on Tuesday, with many comings and goings across the country.
Celtic were the busiest club in the Premiership, reaping the rewards of Virgil van Dijk’s talents, after receiving over £11 million for the Dutch defender. They also brought in talent of their own, signing Inverness youngster Ryan Christie for a reported fee of 500k and Croatian Jozo Šimunović from Dinamo Zagreb to fill the gap left by van Dijk. The pair added to the earlier additions of players such as Nadir Ciftci and Dedryck Boyata, as the Hoops look to progress in the Europa League, and clinch a fifth successive league title.
In other news across the Premiership, Dundee United boosted their squad in the final days with strikers Billy McKay and Adam Taggart brought in on loan deals from Wigan and Fulham respectively, as the Tangerines look to push for Europe. Aberdeen also added the likes of Graeme Shinnie from Inverness and goalkeeper Danny Ward as they look to challenge Celtic for the SPFL title.
Newly promoted Hearts bolstered their squad with the addition of two strikers: Juanma Delgado – who has already netted 4 goals this campaign – and Gavin Reilly from Queen of the South. They also recruited defender Juwon Oshaniwa to stop the flow of goals conceded at the back, as they look to achieve a top six finish.
Elsewhere in the Premiership, Kilmarnock signed Kallum Higginbotham and Jamie MacDonald as they look to improve on their poor start to the season, while Partick Thistle will hope new striker Mathias Pogba can emulate the feats of brother Paul to fire them further up the table. Motherwell will also be hoping the re-signing of Scott MacDonald along with David Clarkson will similarly improve their league standing.
Much of the Championship news surrounded former Hibernian midfielder Scott Allan, with the 23 year-old subjected to three bids from Championship rivals Rangers which led to a transfer request. Despite Hibs’ best attempts to keep the player, Allan eventually switched to Rangers’ city rivals Celtic in a part exchange deal for Dylan McGeouch permanently and Liam Henderson on loan.
Hibs themselves also added players such as Islam Feruz and John McGinn as they look to beat Rangers to the Championship title, while the Glasgow giants signed instant hit James Tavernier, former Hearts captain Danny Wilson and talented Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem on a 6 month loan among many other new recruits.
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