Rangers expect to complete the signing of Aberdeen midfielder Ryan Jack this week – and his Dons team-mate Jonny Hayes could be heading to the other side of Glasgow with Celtic.
Jack, who was captain at Pittodrie until being relieved of the position for the Scottish Cup final against Celtic on Saturday, is expected to sign a three-year deal with the Light Blues.
Hayes is also a wanted man despite signing a new deal to extend his stay at Pittodrie until 2019, with Celtic and Birmingham City poised to test Aberdeen’s resolve to hang on to one of their prized assets.
Blues manager Harry Redknapp was at the national stadium on Saturday to watch Hayes, who scored the opening goal of the game, while Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers is also keen on bringing the Don to Parkhead for next season.
Dons manager Derek McInnes is keen on bringing Ryan Christie back to Pittodrie after his successful loan spell from the Hoops and has also expressed an interest in out-of-favour Hoops midfielder Gary Mackay-Steven and Celtic may offer a cash plus player exchange to bring Hayes to Glasgow.
Following McGinn’s departure for England, with Bolton Wanderers leading the chase for his services, the loss of Hayes would be a huge blow for the Dons.
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha revealed his interest in Jack prior to Aberdeen’s 2-1 win at Ibrox this month and has followed up his interest by offering Jack the chance to become a linchpin of his overhaul of the first-team squad.
Jack wanted to wait until after the final before signing for another club but is expected to complete the formalities of his move this week once Rangers finalise their deal to bring Portuguese defender Bruno Alves to the club.
Jack will join midfielder Peter Pawlett in signing for another club, with Pawlett moving to MK Dons for next season, while midfielder McGinn and defender Ash Taylor have also left Pittodrie following the cup final defeat by Celtic at Hampden.
Taylor confirmed his departure after Saturday’s final.
The defender said: “I think that’s my last performance in a red shirt. I’m thoroughly enjoyed my time at Aberdeen. I have got nothing but great things to say about the club as it is a fantastic one to be at.
“I can only thank the players, the staff and everyone behind the scenes for the support they have given me.
“The supporters have been outstanding during my time here and it has been a pleasure to play for this club.”