LiveScottish Football RECAP: Rangers ace signs new deal, Celtic eye Real Madrid starlet, imminent Ibrox move for striker rubbished, 2 goalkeepers linked with Parkhead move

All the latest news, transfer speculation and more from around the SPFL

It is a little over five weeks until the Scottish Premiership is scheduled to get underway, no time at all considering how long we have been without football – 106 days since the last domestic game played in this country for those wondering.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 24 June, 2020, 20:39

  • New deal expected for Rangers starlet
  • Stoke unsure on £1m Boyle price
  • Holt on Dykes interest

New contract for Rangers ace - plus Ross County loan deal

Celtic interest in Greek goalkeeper

Celtic will make a move for Vasilios Barkas, the AEK Athens, according to a report.

However, they face competition for the giant goalkeeper.

Barkas has been linked with a Parkhead switch previously.

Celtic battle for Real Madrid youngster

Celtic are one of a number of clubs from Spain and Europe who are keen on Real Madrid’s Japanese international Takefusa Kubo.

The 19-year-old is being tracked by a host of clubs, including Lazio and Ajax, and is currently on loan at Real Mallorca.

The Scottish champions hope to land him on a loan deal from the Spanish giants, report AS.

Stendel wanted by German club

Daniel Stendel is a contender for the St Pauli job, according to the Scottish Sun.

The ex-Hearts manager posted a farewell message to the Tynecastle fans yesterday.

No Dempster move by Hearts

Hearts are not set to make a move for Hibs chief Leeann Dempster.

It was reported Ann Budge was keen for Dempster to fill a similar rule at Tynecastle.

However, that is not the case, report the Daily Record.

Bravo on Celtic interest

Claudio Bravo admits he is flatted to be wanted by Celtic, report the Scottish Sun.

The Chilean has been linked with a switch to the Scottish champions once his Manchester City contract expires.

He revealed he will make a decision on his future soon.

Stoke unsure on Boyle price

Stoke City are reluctant to pay £1million for Hibs ace Martin Boyle.

The Australian international, previously linked with Celtic, is interesting Michael O’Neill. 

However, with a number of wide options the price is seen as too high for the Championship side, according to the Stoke Sentinel.

Holt rubbishes Dykes talk

Livingston boss has shot down speculation linking Lyndon Dykes with an imminent move to Rangers.

The forward has been heavily linked with an Ibrox switch.

Holt told the Scottish Sun: "here’s been nothing concrete for Lyndon, or any of our players for that matter. Nobody has been in touch. We'll have to wait and see what happens but it's been a case of people putting two and two together and getting five.”

Hayes' Dons generosity

Jonny Hayes will play for Aberdeen without taking a wage for a year.

The winger returned to the club and helped make it happen by deferring his salary for a season to help the club’s finances.

Dons boss Derek McInnes said: “Footballers get a bad rap at times but what he’s done is incredible. Both Jonny and his agent deserve a lot of praise for getting it over the line.

“He’s deferred his full wages for the whole year. It wouldn’t have gone through without that but once we established it could be done then it was plain sailing with him.”

Foster questions Rangers signing

Richard Foster is not well liked by Rangers fans and he has only strengthened that ill-feeling by suggesting the money invested in Ianis Hagi is not well spent, branding the Romanian an “unknown”.

Speaking to Simon Ferry on Open Goal, the former Rangers, Aberdeen and St Johnstone defender questioned the club paying £4million (the actual fee was around £3million in instalments).

He said: "They’re spending £4m on an unknown, they’d be better spending £1m on a guy who is a bit older but has been there before."

Hearts and United battle over coaches

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson wants to bring Lee McCulloch and Gordon Forrest to Tynecastle as part of his coaching staff, according to the Daily Record.

However, Dundee United may see the current interim duo as Neilson’s successors at Tannadice.

McCorie set for new deal - and exit

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard revealed he is hopeful of securing a new deal for Robby McCrorie before sending him on loan.

The Ibrox side confirmed the signing Jon McLaughlin on a free contract on Tuesday with the Scotland international set to battle it out with Allan McGregor for the No.1 spot.

Gerrard, however, admitted that it wouldn’t stop the development of McCrorie with the club keen to tie him down on a new contract before sending him out on loan to gain further first-team experience.

“We believe he has got a bright future here," Gerrard said per The Athletic. "We believe we are close to getting a new deal sorted with Robby. We will try to get him more experience because we want to get him over the 100-appearance marker as quick as we can. He has got a big future here.”

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