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Transfer deadline day in Scotland

By August 31, 2016No Comments

Celtic could look to spend more of their Champions League windfall, while Rangers remain on the lookout for a defender ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline.

The Hoops confirmed the signing of Costa Rica full-back Cristian Gamboa from West Brom on Tuesday for a reported fee of £1million, but boss Brendan Rodgers could add further to his squad before the Scottish window shuts at midnight.

In addition to the £30million jackpot for reaching the group stage of Europe’s elite club competition, Celtic could have more cash to splash if Jozo Simunovic signs for Torino. The 22-year-old Croatia defender has travelled to Italy for a medical.

Rangers, meanwhile, are on the hunt for a defender. Former Arsenal player Philippe Senderos has been on trial but has yet to finalise a move to the Ibrox club. Like all free agents, he is not constrained by the transfer window.

Meanwhile, Motherwell are concerned about keeping hold of star forward Marvin Johnson after the Englishman submitted a transfer request on Monday.

And having fended off Wigan’s interest in Callum Paterson, Jambos head coach Robbie Neilson says he is now after a left-sided midfielder and is hopeful of concluding a deal before the deadline.

Having made 15 signings this summer, Kilmarnock boss Lee Clark has been busier than most in the transfer window, but Killie have agreed to rip up defender Conrad Balatoni’s contract.

The former Hearts and Partick Thistle centre-back joined the Rugby Park outfit at the start of last season, going on to play 34 games under Gary Locke and his successor, Clark.

However, the 25-year-old has now been told he is free to find a new club, with a Killie statement saying: “Conrad Balatoni has left the club by mutual agreement.

Inverness boss Richie Foran is continuing his search for two new players – but refused to confirm if released St Johnstone defender Brad McKay was a target.

He said: “I won’t be mentioning any names until we get them signed up, but we definitely need a defender and an attacker as well.”

Ross County boss Jim McIntyre is also refusing to write off doing a deal for Prince Buaben.

The Staggies were hoping to land the Hearts midfielder on a free transfer but saw the move break down after talks with the Ghanaian.

However, McIntyre told STV: “We had a discussion with Prince and his agent, but we couldn’t agree terms.

“One thing I will say is that there was no transfer fee involved. We wouldn’t be looking to pay any money at all, so it was just a case of not agreeing personal terms.

“We won’t say it’s dead because you don’t know – things might happen.”

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