Hearts, Hibs, Edinburgh City RECAP: Nisbet and Porteous latest, Boss Neilson in SFA dock, Bid 'rejected' for ex-Hibs target Stewart
All the latest from around the country as Scottish football approaches the end of the transfer window and this weekend’s domestic fixtures.
There are just three days to go before the transfer window closes, and business is beginning to pick up.
Already we have seen bids in for Hibs’ duo Kevin Nisbet and Ryan Porteous – but will they stay or will they go is a question that will be answered in the coming 72 hours.
One man who will go is Jordan Jones. He is heading back to the north-east of England to join Sunderland on loan until the end of the season.
And so too will Celtic chief Peter Lawwell – but not quite as quickly. The Parkhead supremo’s departure was announced this morning and he will be replaced by Scottish Rugby’s Dominic McKay at the end of the season.
Meanwhile there’s football still being played – only not in the lower leagues. The SPFL League One and below – through to the SWPL and down to the juniors will continue their abeyance until at least February 14 – an extension of two weeks to the month-long sabbatical handed down by the SFA at the start of the year.
Therefore it’s only Premiership matches and Championship fixtures this weekend, which previously would have been a Scottish Cup weekend. Instead top-flight clubs are taking the opportunity to catch-up on previously postponed fixtures and there’s a full card of games in the second tier.
So, all in all a busy day so far and we’ll keep you across the remainder of the news this evening in our live blog, below.
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Scottish Football RECAP: January 29, 2021
Last updated: Friday, 29 January, 2021, 22:13
- Manager speaks on Hibs & Aberdeen striker interest
- Celtic target update
- Ex-Hearts starlet joins league rivals
- Rangers star to undergo medical
Hello and welcome back to the live blog.
We will have all the latest from around the SPFL throughout the day.
Ex-Hearts youngster on the move
Dundee United midfielder Adam King is set to join Raith Rovers on loan for the remainder of the season.
The former Hearts youngster has not featured for the club in the Premiership this season.
Raith hope to get the deal done ahead of the Dundee clash on Saturday, according to the Daily Record.
Cosgrove set for Dons exit
Sam Cosgrove could leave Aberdeen today, report the Scottish Sun.
An offer of £2million has reportedly been accepted by the Dons from Birmingham City.
Celtic target update
Celtic are trying to seal a deal this month for Preston ace Ben Davies.
A pre-contract has reportedly been agreed between the parties.
According to Alan Nixon, Davies is training with Preston this morning.
Birmingham boss gives striker update
Birmingham City boss Aitor Karanka is hopeful of landing a striker with Sam Cosgrove and Kevin Nisbet linked with the Championship club.
"It is a difficult question, 60-70 per cent I am confident that somebody is going to come.”
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Big changes at Celtic...
Peter Lawwell will leave Celtic in the summer and will be replaced by Dominic McKay from Scottish Rugby.
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Rangers star in medical ahead of move
Rangers winger Jordan Jones is set to undergo a medical ahead of his move to Sunderland, according to a report.
The Norther Irishman will depart on a loan deal for the remainder of the season.
McInnes confirms Cosgrove talks
The Scottish football association have issued notices of complaint over two incidents over the past week.
Robbie Neilson will face a charge on February 18 - more here
While Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos will have a fast-track tribunal hearing - more below 👇
Dates for the diary
Six games scheduled to be the final fixtures before the SPFL Premiership split, have been moved and brought forward to next month, taking advantage of the blank weekend created by the Scottish Cup’s ongoing suspension, in line with the lower leagues.
Bids not welcome
Celtic or Tottenham will have to find a seven-figure sum to prise reported target Kyle Joseph away from Wigan, according to our sister title Wigan Today.
The Latics will not ‘welcome’ any bids for the forward, the club’s administrator has said, but admitted everyone has a price.
If someone came in with a million quid up front we might have a decision to make.
Blackpool were also linked with the Scotland under-21 but Seasiders’ manager Neil Critchley said ‘Celtic, Rangers and Tottenham - a whole host of big clubs’ were looking at the forward.
Kilmarnock have confirmed two members of the playing staff have tested positive for coronavirus - however the team is still expected to play against St Johnstone tomorrow.
To sell, or not to sell? That is the question for Jack Ross.
And Hibs know to their 2010 cost the perils of doing business late in the transfer window
As it stands, there is a lot on the line for Kevin Nisbet and Ryan Porteous as they wait to see where they will be playing out the remainder of this season.
Sunderland and Stewart
Ross County have reportedly rejected a £120,000 bid for Ross Stewart, from Sunderland.
The striker was previously on the radar of Hibs and Aberdeen, but the Black Cats’ attempts to steal a march on their transfer rivals has fallen, says Football Insider
John Hughes has already put a half-million price tag on the striker, who goes out of contract in the summer.