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Transfer news: Celtic target to join Valencia, Rangers offer manager job to Portuguese coach

Celtic face competition in the race to sign Belgian international  Zakaria Bakkali
Celtic face competition in the race to sign Belgian international Zakaria Bakkali

We’re another day closer to the opening of the transfer window and, with that in mind, the P&J takes a look around all of the latest SPFL transfer rumours.

There are doses of disappointing news for Celtic, Kilmarnock, Hearts and Motherwell, meanwhile we also take a look at the latest candidates for the job of manager at Rangers.

  • Celtic look like missing out on key transfer target Zakaria Bakkali. The Hoops tried to sign the 19-year-old PSV winger in January but were unable to agree a fee with his club. The Belgian youngster now has offers from 13 clubs and is believed to prefer a move to La Liga outfit Valencia.
  • Kilmarnock’s move for Partick Thistle winger Kallum Higginbotham could be scuppered by former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who is looking to add Higginbotham to his Burton Albion squad. Hibs and Rochdale are also believed to be considering moves for the player. (Daily Express)
  • Hearts look unlikely to pursue their interest in Croatian defender Niko Datkovic after his club, HNK Rijeka, said they were looking for over £1million for their prize asset. The Jambos had previously made a bid, believed to be around £400,000 for the 22-year-old. (Evening News)
  • Motherwell forward Lee Erwin looks set to join English Championship outfit Leeds United, despite Motherwell’s desperate attempts to keep the forward at Fir Park (Daily Mail)
Motherwell are looking to hold onto young hitman Lee Erwin
Motherwell are looking to hold onto young hitman Lee Erwin
  • Another Motherwell forward looks to be moving south, with Australian Scott McDonald set to hook up with former Celtic team mate Gary Caldwell at Wigan Athletic. (Wigan Observer)
  • Former Hearts full back Adam Eckersley has taken to social media to deny a report in the Sun today linking him with a move to Hibs.
  • Hibs have completed the signing of Queen of the South winger Danny Carmichael. The 24-year-old has signed a two year contract, shortly after striker James Keatings signed a similar deal.

Rangers manager latest…

  • Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is on the Rangers board’s shortlist to be named the club’s new manager. McInnes played for the Gers for five years and the Ibrox board are reportedly interested in bringing him back to the club. (Daily Mail)
  • The Gers reportedly offered the manager’s job to Portuguese coach Vitor Pereira, however, he has rejected the offer, opting instead to remain at Olympiacos. (The Times)
  • The Ibrox club are also in talks with former Brentford boss Mark Warburton and his assistant, David Weir. However, Warburton has revealed Rangers are just one of a number of clubs he is currently speaking to. (The Herald)
  • In other managerial news, experienced striker Colin Nish has been named the new manager of Cowdenbeath following the resignation of Jimmy Nicholl.
Colin Nish has been appointed Cowdenbeath manager
Colin Nish has been appointed Cowdenbeath manager

 

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