Marc McNulty, Snow Patrol and a man’s pledge to shave his head all featured on deadline day in ScotlandOne manager turned his phone off and went to a gig. A club signed an entire team of new recruits. And another’s media team were told to go to bed rather than announce a signing. Deadline day…
One manager turned his phone off and went to a gig. A club signed an entire team of new recruits. And another’s media team were told to go to bed rather than announce a signing. Deadline day is never dull in Scotland.
The morning after the January transfer window shut, we bring you the best of the action, dealings and banter across Scottish football. Brace yourselves…
‘I’m going to watch Snow Patrol’
It was a quiet evening in Gorgie.HeartsmanagerCraig Leveinhad no interest in late-night dealings. Nope, he was happy with his squad and hatched a cunning plan to avoid any unwanted departures…
“I’m going to watch Snow Patrol tonight, my phone will be off. Brilliant, eh? I don’t see [anyone leaving]. It will be hard to get hold of me.”
Celtic add to their ‘million wingers’
Earlier this month, Brendan Rodgers said he already had “about a million wingers” at his disposal asCelticnegotiated a deal for Ukrainian wide manMaryan Shved,a player he manager didn’t “know a great deal about”.
Well, he’s got a million-and-one to utilise now after 21-year-old Shved’s move was finalised on Thursday.
American defendersManny Perez,19, andAndrew Gutman,22, also signed for the Scottish champions. Each of the young trio is regarded as a future prospect. Each has been loaned out for now.
Celtic are hardly short of central midfielders either and have loanedYoussouf Mulumbuback to Kilmarnock, where he was so influential last season – a fine bit of business for the Ayrshire side.
Of Celtic’s four deadline-day signings, only Borussia Dortmund right-backJeremy Toljanis likely to see any first-team action this term.
No boss? No problem
You hardly expect managerless clubs to be abuzz with transfer activity but Easter Road was one of the busiest venues on deadline day.
In fairness,Hibernian’sneed for new recruits was obvious and targets had been identified well before Neil Lennon’s sudden and mysterious exit. And their structure, with a director of football sitting above the currently vacant head coach’s position, helped Hibs continue to supplement their squad even in the wake of his departure.
In on loan came Reading’sMarc McNulty,a Scottish striker with a good CV, Leicester defenderDarnell Johnsonand, somewhat out of left field,Gael Bigirimanaon a permanent deal from Motherwell.
Some shiny new players for a new boss to work with. But the Hibs fans will have to wait a little longer for their darling Scott Allan’s return – the club could not negotiate his early release from Celtic.
Dundee Utd sign an entire team
If Hibs had a busy deadline day,Dundee United’swas positively bonkers.
Five players joined the Championship club on Thursday, taking their January haul to 11 arrivals. That’s right, an entire team’s worth of new signings. And look, you can even slot them into a decent formation…
There are some familiar names in amongst that lot.Osman Sow, Mark ReynoldsandPeter Pawletthave all operated near the business end of the top flight and Robbie Neilson will fancy the additions to propel United, currently third in the table, to promotion.
St Mirren sent to bed
These days, clubs vie to invent the most creative and entertaining method of unveiling a new signing on social media.
In their quest for a quirky reveal,St Mirrenposed their Twitter followers the option: should they announce a new striker or go to bed? The poll didn’t have the intended outcome…
…prompting this response…
Obviously, St Mirren did announce the signing of a new striker, Haiti internationalDuckens Nazon.
And they had a bit of fun at the expense of a fan who tried to call their bluff. This unfortunate fella deleted the tweet in which he pledged to shave his head if St Mirren actually did sign a striker. Sadly for him, the social media folk in Paisley had were fleet-fingered enough to snap a screenshot…
Kamara gets his move
In one of the final deals of the window,Rangersand Dundee negotiatedGlen Kamara’searly shift from Dens Park to Ibrox.
The Finland midfielder had already signed a pre-contract agreement with Rangers but Dundee boss Jim McIntyre, who has not played him in 2019, reckoned a January move was “best for all parties”.
So, Kamara is free to join Steven Gerrard’s squad on a four-and-a-half-year contract.
Oh, and because he hasn’t played this calendar year, Kamara can feature for his new team in the Scottish Cup, with Rangers travelling to Kilmarnock in the last 16 next Saturday.