Scottish football transfer RECAP - Rangers set out defensive plan; Ex-Celtic midfielder Keane favourite for vacant role; Hibs man linked abroad; Hearts striker 'an absolute steal'; Edouard wanted by West Ham.

It’s been a slow start to the January transfer window, but business has begun to pick up in recent days.

A general view outside Hampden. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group)

Already today we had moves made by Rangers to seal deals for Scott Wright from Aberdeen and to tie down promising defender Nathan Patterson on a longer deal.

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Celtic’s stars continue to attract interest while Hearts made the biggest signing of the day – literally – by landing Ivorian giant Armand Gnanduillet from under the noses of a host of English clubs.

There was, of course, plenty of other news happening away from the transfer window though and we kept you abreast of all the action, and reaction happening as the evening progressed in our live blog.

Scroll down for the news as it happened.

Scottish football transfer RECAP: Monday, January 25

Last updated: Monday, 25 January, 2021, 22:03

Rangers announce Wright

Rangers have announced the signing of Scott Wright on a pre-contract agreement. The Aberdeen attacker’s deal is up at the end of the campaign when he will move to Ibrox on a three-year contract. However, Rangers are still trying to push through a move this month. (Scottish Sun)

St Johnstone have signed Rangers winger Glenn Middleton on loan for the rest of the 2020/21 campaign, the club have announced. The 21-year-old has had previous loan spells with Hibs and Bradford City after falling down the pecking order at Ibrox. (Various)

Odsonne Edouard is a target for West Ham United. The London club are looking to strengthen their options in attack after selling Sebastian Haller to Ajax and are reportedly happy to pay up to £35m for the highly-rated striker. (Daily Star)

New Rangers signing compared to Ibrox hero

Former Aberdeen youngster Jack Grimmer believes Rangers have bagged themselves an exceptional talent in Nnamdi Ofoborh as he compared his old Wycombe Wanderers team-mate, who has reportedly signed a pre-contract with Steven Gerrard’s men, to current Ibrox favourite Glen Kamara. (Scottish Sun)

Hammond ‘shouldn’t be trusted’

Former Celtic star Kris Commons believes the club’s head of recruitment Nicky Hammond should not be trusted to lead their transfer business in both the January and summer transfer windows after “a litany of woeful signings”. (Daily Mail)

Celtic set to lose out on duo

Celtic look like they could lose out on signing Preston duo Ben Davies and Ben Pearson with Bournemouth poised to snatch up the pair on pre-contract deals. The Parkhead side have been interested in both players for several months but the attempt to sign the two stars has been delayed due to the ongoing uncertainty around manager Neil Lennon’s long-term future at the club. (Scottish Sun)

Rangers sign up Patterson

After some external recruitment for the future this morning, Rangers have done the same internally this evening

Promising Rangers defender Nathan Patterson extends contract to 2024

Nathan Patterson has extended his contract at the club by two years – keeping the right-back at Ibrox until 2024.

Hibs midfielder linked with a move

Could he be on his way after recent re-enforcements in the middle of the park?

Stevie Mallan: Hibs midfielder 'wanted by Turkish side Yeni Malatyaspor'

Hibs midfielder Stevie Mallan is a target for Yeni Malatyaspor, according to reports.

‘A steal on a free transfer’

Hearts’ recruitment of Armand Gnanduillet has been welcomed down Gorgie way - and hailed down by the Tower.

Hearts sign French striker Armand Gnanduillet with Elijah Adebayo move dead

Hearts have signed French striker Armand Gnanduillet after deciding not to pursue Walsall’s Elijah Adebayo any further.

As the former Blackpool striker signed up at Tynecastle his former fan club gave Hearts fans the low-down on what to expect - and they were very complimentary.

Hearts envy of Blackpool fans after signing cult hero striker Gnanduillet - 'an absolute steal on a free'

According to reports in England, Hearts have seen off a plethora of clubs to land Armand Gnanduillet as the new Tynecastle number nine.

Away from the transfer window for a moment - Ross County’s Michael Gardyne will not face any further punishment over a flare up in last month’s match between the Highland side and Rangers.

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