Eddie Howe to Celtic progress, Rangers eye Dutch defender, fans warned signings 'won't all be Pele' - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill

Wednesday’s transfer news, gossip and headlines from around the country.

‘Won’t all be Pele’

Robbie Neilson is planning Hearts’ summer recruitment drive for the Jambos’ return to the Premiership. Signings are being targeted in key areas however the manager is warning not every new player is a guaranteed success. (Evening News)

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Norwegian Canary target

A general view of McDiarmid Park during a Scottish Premiership match between St Johnstone and Hamilton in Perth, Scotland. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group)

Kristoffer Ajer is on Norwich City’s transfer radar. The Celtic defender has been linked with Newcastle recently and with AC Milan earlier this season but the east of England club could look to sign the Norwegian international in the summer (Glasgow Live)

Howe to Celtic

Eddie Howe’s appointment as Celtic manager is ‘edging closer’ with the finishing touches on his backroom team being applied. The 43-year-old is keen to bring Scotland international Richard Hughes as director of football from Bournemouth, with former Celtic striker Mark Burchill lined up for a coaching role (The Daily Mail)

Online protest

Scottish football bodies and clubs could unite in their suspension of social media use in protest at recent online abuse. Rangers players have already conducted a week-long boycott of online platforms and similar is being planned in England this weekend. Talks have been held north of the border (The Scottish Sun)

Take notice

SFA equality advisor Marvin Bartley says social media companies won’t take notice of the online abuse being highlighted across football until sponsors and advertisers take action too (The Scotsman)

Dutch target

Rangers are interested in Vitesse centre-back Danilho Doekhi, but face competition from Newcastle United and Norwich City. The former Ajax Academy product has been an impressive performer in the Dutch league for the past three seasons (The Telegraph)

Wanted man

Transfer links with Ianis Hagi and a move away from Rangers have arisen again and long-term admirer, Sevilla sporting director Monchi is keen to link the Romanian with coach Julian Lopetegui for next season’s Champions League campaign (Daily Record)

Swoop for Saints’ spot-kick hero

Aberdeen are said to be lining up a move for ST Mirren’s late goal hero Jamie McGrath. The midfielder has hit late goals in the Buddies’ quarter final clashes this season and helped send Jim Goodwin’s side to Hampden for a second time against Kilmarnock.

Privileged position

Former Celtic striker John Hartson says Eddie Howe should be flattered to be linked to the Parkhead club and the club should move on if the bookies’ favourite continues to drag his heels over a move (Daily Record)

Midfielder on the move?

Managerless Tottenham are monitoring Celtic’s midfielder Ismaila Soro with a view of taking him south to London. The club is currently seeking a replacement for Jose Mourinho, and could look to ex-Celt Brendan Rodgers, however they are still in the market for new recruits and Parkhead fringe player Soro is amongst the targets. (Daily Mail)

Game off

East Fife manager Darren Young has explained why he couldn’t permit his players to take to the field against Clyde in League One last night after a positive covid case was traced among the hosts’ squad. (The Scotsman via FifeToday)

Returning home?

Celtic goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas could be on the way back to his homeland after just one season at Parkhead. AEK Athens have been linked with a return transfer for the Greek international goalkeeper who moved to Scotland last summer for £4.5m but has failed to hold on to a first-team place. (Scottish Sun)

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