Rangers finance claim, new favourite for Celtic job, clubs 'lining up' to sign Ibrox ace, 'Derek Out' banner at Aberdeen - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill

The January transfer window has somewhat stalled in the SPFL after an initial period where there was a flurry of activity and speculation.

Hibs have been the busiest of the 12 Scottish Premiership teams bringing in three players so far with Matt Macey, Jackson Irvine and Chris Cadden all arriving, while across the city Hearts have added Gary Mackay-Steven and are on the hunt for two more.

There was an expectation that Celtic and Rangers could make moves in the window, especially the former who have fallen way behind their city rivals. However, neither have yet brought in a fresh face despite the expected speculation which surrounds the two clubs.

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New managers in the top flight have looked to make moves with Graham Alexander signing Steven Lawless at Motherwell, Livingston’s David Martindale bringing in ex-Hearts striker Gavin Reilly and John Hughes adding Tony Andreu and Mohamed Maouche to his Ross County squad with a deal for Jason Naismith already agreed.

Monday's Scottish football news. Picture: SNS

With two weeks of the window remaining the rumour mill will continue to churn and there is every chance there will be a flurry of activity before the transfer market closes.

Here is today’s news and transfer talk from the SPFL:

Steven Gerrard revealed Rangers received an email from Motherwell notifying them about possible issues with the pitch. The Steelmen were required to train on it ahead of the game on Sunday. The Ibrox boss was welcoming of such a warning, while noting that most pitches are struggling due to the weather. (Various)

Celtic ace Christopher Jullien has provided an update on how he is feeling after testing positive for Covid-19. The French star’s positive test was confirmed when the club returned from Dubai. He said on social media: “Thank you everybody for all the well wishes. I’m feeling much better. Take care of yourself and your families. (Instagram)

A banner calling for Derek McInnes to be sacked as Aberdeen boss appeared at Pittodrie over the weekend after the side lost 4-1 at Ross County. A bedsheet with ‘Derek Out’ was taped beside the players and officials entrance at the ground. (Scottish Sun)

Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has once again been installed as favourite to replace Neil Lennon has Celtic manager. The Englishman is 4/9 after a bookmakers slashed its price on him. Celtic have dropped points in their two games since returning from Dubai. (Paddy Power)

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has said it is an “absolute must” Steven Davis extends his stay at Ibrox. The midfielder’s contract expires at the end of the season. (Sky Sports)

Football finance expert Kieran Maguire has raised a Rangers financial concern with the loss of matchday earnings. He revealed their matchday revenue is 60 per cent of total income with £35m being made from ticket sales last season. He admits the Castore deal is a “clean break” from Mike Ashley and should be hugely beneficial going forward. (Football Insider)

Clubs have been backed to be “lining up” to sign Rangers ace Alfredo Morelos if the Colombian continues to play like he did in the win over Aberdeen where he netted twice, reckons ex-England striker Kevin Phillips. He said: “Morelos is definitely a player that, come the summer, will be on a lot of club’s radars.” (Football Insider)