Transfer deadline roundup

It is that time of year again where we don’t see much action in the transfer front and there is more fear of top players leaving than excitement over new faces.

As usual there hasn’t been a huge amount of players coming into the Scottish league or any impulse buys that usually happen during the summer transfer window.

Scottish Premier clubs and the lower leagues had until midnight to snap up some players and will now have to go with what they’ve got for the rest of the season unless they decide to sign free agents.

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Kouassi Eboue during his time at FC Krasnodar

The biggest signing of the transfer season was from Celtic who secured Ivory Coast midfielder Eboue Kouassi for an undisclosed fee, reportedly around the value of £2.8 million from Russian side FC Krasnodar on a 4-year contract.

The 19-year-old only made 18 appearances for The Bulls but has been dubbed the “African Wonderkid”.

It seems to be the only signing for the Glasgow side this window but they are sending five players out on loan hoping to get first-team football.

Out:

Ryan Christie has gone on loan to Aberdeen until the end of the season. The 21-year-old only had seven appearances this season.

Kristoffer Ajer has gone on loan to Kilmarnock until the end of the season. The 18-year-old has struggled to find his place in the team and has only made one appearance for the team during pre-season.

Joe Thomson has gone on loan to Queen of the South until the end of the season. The 20-year-old spent his first half of the season on loan at Dumbarton.

Aidan Nesbitt has extended his spell at Morton until the end of the season.

Jamie McCart has also extended his spell at Inverness Caledonian Thistle until the end of the season.

Aberdeen

Aberdeen have not bought any new players and the only excitement they have had was getting Christie on loan.

Out:

Cammy Smith follows teammate Craig Storie in joining St Mirren on loan until the end of the season after spending the first half of the season at Dundee United.

Lawrence Shankland will be at Morton for the rest of the season following a year and a half long loan at St Mirren.

Scott McKenna and Daniel Harvie extended their loans and Wes Burns has returned back to Bristol City.

Rangers

Rangers brought in three players on loan, including Jon Toral from Arsenal and Emmerson Hyndman from Bournemouth.

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Jon Toral for Arsenal against Marseille

They did sign a goalkeeper, Jak Alnwick from Port Vale and turned David Bates’ loan into a permanent one.

Out:

They said goodbye to goalkeeper Matt Gilks who went to Wigan for an undisclosed fee. Gilks played back up to Wes Foderingham and only had five games for the club

Hearts

One team that saw some activity in the window was Hearts who brought in nine players and a whole reshape to their defensive squad.

Aaron Hughes, Anastasios Avlonitis, Lenny Sowah and Andraz Struna were brought in to shape the squad as well as a few midfielders and a striker.

Out:

Hearts said goodbye to a number of players including Robbie Muirhead who followed former head coach Robbie Nielson to MK Dins.

Juanma joined V-Varen Nagasaki.

Tony Watt completed his loan and returned to Charlton Athletic.

Nikolay Todorov joined Livingston on loan.

Igor Rossi, Alim Ozturk both left the club and Kelby Mason, Lewis Moore, Callumn Morrison, Alistair Row. Conor Sammon and Dario Zanatta all went out on loan.

Hibs

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Anthony Stoke with teammates Fraser Fyvie and Jason Cummings

Hibs didn’t have much luck having failed to bring Anthony Stokes back to Hibs for the third time and Kris Commons will stay put at Celtic after spending a season on loan but did manage to sign Chris Humphrey from Preston.

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