Scottish Football RECAP: Rangers defender backed for loan, Celtic urged to consider Xavi, West Ham linked to Edouard transfer, Arsenal court former Kilmarnock and Aberdeen goalkeeper
Scottish football is rarely without talking points – but it is without a flurry of transfer activity.
In this month of trading, clubs are often engaged in plenty of wheeling and dealing to strengthen squads ahead of the title – or relegation – run-ins, but things have been quiet for the first fortnight of 2021.
Hibs have landed three players, Hearts are seeking a target man, Ragers have let a winger head out on loan and their interest in Aberdeen’s Scott Wright is now being discussed publicly.
However that aside, it’s away from the transfer market, and away from the pitch, things are really developing.
Yesterday’s explosive comments from Neil Lennon fuelled more debate over Celtic’s trip to Dubai for training which has brought widespread comment and controversy from the fans, authorities, Scottish Government and media pundits.
Now with a review into the Northern Irishman’s management ongoing behind the scenes at Parkhead a former Hoops striker has thrown a few leftfield alternatives into the managerial mix, though Eddie Howe remains the bookies’ favourite.
There might not be much to talk about on the transfer front, but there will be plenty to keep Scottish football fans occupied today and for the remainder of the month, even with the lower leagues in abeyance for now.
Scroll down for what’s making the headlines throughout the day on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 19 January, 2021, 17:58
- Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Hello and welcome to The Scotsman’s live blog updating you throughout the day on everything going on in and around Scottish football.
First things first, here’s your daily diet of transfer rumours and gossip from around the grounds and news sites.
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Predictably the Celtic manager is not far away from the headlines this morning after yesterday’s angry outburst in his first public appearance since the Hoops returned from Dubai.
t’s been a controversial topic for a manner of reasons - Andrew Smith heard what he had to say
Neil Lennon speaks in full: Celtic backlash, Andy Walker, Nicola Sturgeon, dancing to Baccara and John Hartson comments
Neil Lennon came out swinging on all matters related to the Dubai debacle for Celtic, and a whole more lot, on his return to the club following ten days in isolation.
New manager(s) ?
Still on Celtic but away from the Dubai controversy, ex-Celtic and Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas has had his say on the club’s new manager.
Eddie Howe is the bookies’ favourite with rumours rife in Glasgow of his appointment, however the former Sky Sports pundit threw a few names into the mix from leftfield.
Celtic job link for Barcelona and Real Madrid legends, ex-Parkhead striker says 'push the boundaries' in new manager hunt
Neil Lennon is still the Celtic manager but names and alternatives continue to be linked to his job at Lennoxtown.
The morning after the press conference before
Former Rangers manager and current Talksport Breakfast show co-host Ally McCoist has had his say on Neil Lennon’s press conference after ‘watching it twice’ and he’s also again slated the club’s decision to go to Dubai in the first place
Ally McCoist, Talksport
“What an own goal it is from Celtic, it’s absolutely remarkable.”
Former Celtic player David Moyes has been linked with a move to his former club for Odsonne Edouard according to an agent and a source close to West Ham.
Rangers are reported to be in talks with ‘several’ players over future moves, including rumoured Preston duo Ben Davies and Daniel Johnson.
Aberdeen’s Scott Wright is a known target and has been publicly discussed by both clubs and a deal could be done sooner than the end of the season for the winger.
Filling the void
Matt Macey’s move to Hibs has left a goalkeeping void at Arsenal.
The Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is said to now be looking to former Aberdeen and Kilmarnock loanee Freddi Woodman as back-up to Bernd Leno.
Player budget boost
Hbs fans are organising a whip-round ahead of the team’s trip to Hampden.
With games still being played behind closed doors, supporters are suggesting an innovative way of boosting the clubs player budget for the January transfer window
Fans’ organisation Hibernian Supporters has launched a new initiative aiming to raise £100,000 from Hibs' trip to Hampden this weekend.
Jack Ross has already recruited three players - but could do more with added funds
In the post
Olly Lee has spoken about his move from Hearts to Gillingham - and how he is hoping for a special delivery from the SPFL in the coming months.
Olly Lee explains leaving Hearts for Gillingham, his one Tynecastle regret and what he's waiting for in the post
Olly Lee will await delivery of a Scottish Championship winner’s medal at his family home this spring.