Rangers confirm exit, Hearts land top target, Dundee win battle with Hibs - SPFL transfer news

Here are all the latest Scottish football transfer headlines this Wednesday evening:

Hearts signing admits Tyneside transfer was ‘immediate yes’

Steven Naismith has confirmed his seventh arrival of the summer after the Gorgie club announced the arrival of Costa Rica international Gerald Taylor. The defender, who featured for his country at the Copa America this summer, will link up with international team mate Kenneth Vargas at Tynecastle and has already admitted he can’t wait to get going in Edinburgh. "It all happened very quickly,” said the 23-year-old. “The Copa America started and they told me something about Hearts, that there were possibilities for me to join the club and I immediately said yes, that I wanted to go. I have always wanted to play in Europe and I will give everything to make it successful."

Taylor will join from Costa Rican Primera League outfit Deportivo Saprissa on a season-long loan deal, though there is an option included in the deal for that to turn into a permanent one should Hearts decide to do so.

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Gray misses out on striker after ex-Hibee man join rivals

Hibs head coach David Gray has been dealt a transfer blow after Scottish Premiership rivals Dundee completed the signing of Simon Murray from Ross County. The forward, who spent time a season at Easter Road in 2016/2017, hit 23 goals for the Staggies last year and had been tipped for a sensational return to Edinburgh in recent weeks, with reports that both Hibs and Dundee had seen bids rejected by Ross County last week.

However, a renewed offer from Tony Docherty’s side has resulted in them winning the race for the 32-year-old’s signature, with Murray admitting he was delighted complete a move to his hometown club. “It’s amazing,” said Murray. “It’s taken a while and it’s something I’ve just wanted to get done and to now be here permanently feels amazing. It’s good to be back. After speaking with the manager it just feels right for me.”

Dons eye Barron replacement as Thelin targets reunion

New Aberdeen head coach Jimmy Thelin is eyeing a reunion with one of his former players as the club look to replace Connor Barron. The Swedish boss is reported to be targeting a move for SK Brann captain Sivert Nilsen, who he worked with for two seasons during his spell as manager of Allsvenskan outfit Elfsborg. According to the Scottish Sun, the 46-year-old Aberdeen boss would like to bring Nilsen in order to add much needed experience to his midfield, while his signing would also fill the void left by Barron, who left to join Rangers last month.

The 32-year-old midfielder is in the midst of the Norwegian Eliteserien season, where he has played all 15 games for Brann and the club are hoping to hang onto their captain, though reports claim the 6ft 1in midfielder would be keen to reunite with his ex-boss and is open to a move to Pittodrie.

Ibrox departure confirmed

Rangers have announced that goalkeeper Robby McCrorie has completed a switch to fellow Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock after seven seasons at Ibrox. The 26-year-old goalkeeper has agreed a two year deal at Rugby Park and will replace the outgoing Will Dennis, who has returned to Bournemouth following his loan spell. McCrorie spent last season as back up to regular Rangers number one Jack Butland but fell down the pecking order when the club confirmed the return of his former academy team mate Liam Kelly on a free transfer from Motherwell last month.

“We are delighted to welcome him to Killie. The former Scotland Under-21 internationalist will be available for immediate selection, pending SFA approval,” said Kilmarnock’s official website.

Despite his long stint in Glasgow, the goalkeeper featured just five times for the the Light Blues, spending the bulk of his time on loan to the likes of Livingston, Queen of the South, Greenock Morton and Berwick Rangers. Yet to be capped at senior level, McCrorie has been part of several of Steve Clarke’s Scotland squads and has appeared at every age-group level for the national team.

Glasgow outfit ‘weigh up’ offer for Sunderland youngster

Scottish Championship outfit Queen’s Park are considering a deal for Sunderland defender Henry Fieldson after reports claim the 19-year-old is training with the Mount Florida outfit. Fieldson signed his first professional deal with the Stadium of Light club last year, however, the player is now able to speak to other clubs after his deal expired last month. It is understood the Wearsiders had offered the defender a renewed deal this summer, meaning a compensation fee would be required under FA rules should the teenager depart Sunderland.

As reported by the SunderlandEcho though, there is a possibility that Fieldson could alternatively head north of the border on loan if a new deal with the Black Cats can be agreed.

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