Scottish Premiership teams ramp up transfer work as Celtic prepare to defend title

By John McGinley

July 12, 2022

We all know about the transfer work being done by Celtic this summer.

Cameron Carter-Vickers, Jota, Alexandro Bernabei and Ben Siegrist have all signed up, bringing a total spend beyond £15m.

Work continues behind the scenes with a belief that the club are looking to bring in a midfielder and a defender at least, with the potential of a new attacker arriving too.

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The manager and the team are already stressing they are only focused on themselves at the moment, giving little regard to external teams or situations out of their control.

However, as fans, it is worth checking in to see what kind of moves other teams in the league are making – there’s been lots of it!

Aberdeen are having an interesting summer when it comes to both incoming and outgoings. They’ve said goodbye to talents Calvin Ramsey and Lewis Ferguson for multi-million-pound fees, allowing new boss Jim Goodwin to have a significant budget by Premiership standards to bring players in.

Capped international talents Bojan Miovski and Ylber Ramadani have arrived from MTK Budapest while Jayden Richardson, Kelle Roos and Anthony Stewart all make the journey from the English leagues.

They’ve also added Liam Scales to the equation on loan from Celtic, with the player already making his starting debut in the League Cup.

Dundee United have had an exciting summer too with Jack Ross touted as a significant addition as manager. He’s already been busy in the transfer market, bringing in the impressive Dylan Levitt on a permanent deal and adding veteran Steven Fletcher to the mix.

The Tannadice club have said goodbye to a lot of squad players so their work isn’t done, but there are signs of ambition come from Tayside.

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For Hearts, it’s about tweaking Robbie Neilson’s squad and replacing departed loan players, as well as John Souttar who moved to Rangers.

They’ve continued their trend of shopping in the Australian market by adding international defender Kye Rowles from Central Coast Mariners. James Forrest’s brother, Alan, has also switched to Tynecastle from Livingston.

Neilson has also managed to bag English Championship regular Jorge Grant and snap up United prospect Lewis Neilson amongst other deals.

Hibernian have a huge turnover of players so far. The most eye-catching from our perspective is the signings of two former Celtic talents Aiden McGeady and David Marshall, who make a big return to Scotland from England.

With new manager Lee Johnson overseeing a significant rebuild, it’s unclear exactly what kind of Hibs we will see this season.

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Derek McInnes at Kilmarnock is trying to build a squad capable of staying in the Scottish Premiership, already adding Alan Power from St Mirren, Kerr McInroy from Celtic and Liam Donnelly from Motherwell.

Livingston are looking far and wide for talent, signing players from Australia, England and even the Bangladeshi top-flight. Esmail Goncalves returns to Scottish football from Sheikh Russel after a productive spell with Hearts in 2017/18.

Fir Park side Motherwell have been focused more on the domestic market so far, adding Paul McGinn from Hibernian and Blair Spittal from Ross County, while also adding midfielder Joe Morris from Salford City.

Rangers have started to make first-team additions to Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s squad with moves for winger Rabbi Matondo and striker Antonio Colak, having also signed Souttar on a free transfer.

Players are also moving out of Ibrox, with regular Joe Aribo completing a switch to Southampton for £6m plus add-ons.

It remains to be seen what their squad will look like at the end of August with other players such as Alfredo Morelos in the last year of their contract. It could be a pretty different-looking group we’re up against this season.

Malky Mackay continues to wheel and deal at Ross County, utilising his contacts from the English Football League to bring a decent haul of players in, including Yan Dhanda from Swansea and Ben Purrington from Charlton Athletic.

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St Johnstone have signed the experienced former Celtic youth Graham Carey from CSKA Sofia, also adding Adam Montgomery on a loan until January.

Callum Davidson has also added veteran Andrew Considine from Aberdeen, alongside Jamie Murphy and Drey Wright from Hibs.

Finally, St Mirren have been busy in a number of different and interesting markets. Like other teams in the league, Australians have been popular, with Ryan Strain and Keanu Baccus both arriving following stints in the A-League.

Baccus, in particular, looks to have potential, already on the cusp of Graham Arnold’s Socceroos thinking after playing regularly for Western Sydney Wanderers.

Overall, up and down the division, it’s been a very interesting summer so far and we’re only in the early stages of the transfer window.

There’s plenty of more deals to be completed before the end of August too, including at Celtic. An exciting six weeks awaits!

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