Details of Shane Duffy's loan move to Celtic revealed, Hearts star nears exit from Tynecastle, Derek McInnes rubbishes claim about Ross McCrorie's move from Rangers - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill

Wednesday’s Scottish football news and gossip.

Shane Duffy insisted on a move to the Parkhead club, who he supported as a boy. Picture: Getty
Shane Duffy insisted on a move to the Parkhead club, who he supported as a boy. Picture: Getty

Details of Duffy loan revealed

Celtic will now only have to pay half of the £2million Brighton were demanding as a loan fee for Shane Duffy, while they’ll also pay 50 per cent of the defender’s £45,000-a-week wage. Duffy aided the Parkhead club in their pursuit by insisting he wouldn’t leave for any other club. (Daily Record)

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Hickey close to Bologna move

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson expects a conclusion to the Aaron Hickey transfer saga within days as Tynecastle officials continue negotiating with Italian club Bologna. Bayern Munich have dropped out of the race after Hickey made it clear he preferred a move to Serie A. (Evening News)

McInnes rubbishes McCrorie talk

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes insists the suggestion that Ross McCrorie chose his side over Hibs because he was offered more money is “nonsense”. (Scottish Sun)

Sky drop Celtic game

A new date has been announced for the Premiership match between St Mirren and Celtic which was postponed when the Parkhead club’s defender Boli Bolingoli broke coronavirus protocols, though the match, originally scheduled to be broadcast live, has been dropped by Sky Sports. (The Scotsman)

Clarke explains McBurnie appearance

Steve Clarke has sought to explain why striker Oli McBurnie featured in a friendly for Sheffield United two days after pulling out of the Scotland squad. The national team boss agreed with Sheffield United manager Billy Wilder that the striker should stay at his club and work on his fitness during the international break. (The Scotsman)

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Jack calls for Scotland to ‘set the tone’

Ryan Jack has urged Scotland to impose their authority on Israel at Hampden on Friday night and set the tone for the Euro 2020 play-off semi-final between the countries next month. (The Scotsman)

United want Safranko back

Dundee United wish to re-sign former striker Pavol Safranko on loan from Romanian side Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe. The 25-year-old was a popular player during the 2018-19 campaign after signing on loan from Aalborg. (Scottish Sun)

Pars fans shouldn’t expect ‘open cheque book’

Dunfermline fans have been warned not to harbour false expectations of “open cheque books” after a German group made “a significant investment” in the East End Park club. (The Scotsman)

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