SPFL Premiership rumour mill (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)

MLS star on Celtic switch; Patrick Roberts latest; EPL strugglers open to offers for Rangers 'target'; Bournemouth urged to sign SPFL trio: SPFL Premiership Rumour Mill and transfer news

The transfer window is just around the corner – but Thursday’s back pages were full of reaction to Rangers’ Betfred Cup quarter final defeat to St Mirren.

The Buddies now join Hibs, St Johnstone and Livingston in the final four of the competition to be played next month – but not before the football trading period begins.

That has kicked off the usual links across the continent and beyond with Scottish clubs in the thick of it too.

So far there have been few confirmed moves for the mid-season transfer window, but it’s the time of year pre-contract deals can begin to be discussed and with a title race well and truly on in the SPFL Premiership – and now silverware up for grabs for the top league quartet, it could transpire to be a busy January for clubs north of the border.

Here’s how things are looking in the world of football speculation, transfers and gossip in the rumour mill of Thursday, December 17.

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