It’s one of the most anticipated days on the sports calendar, but this year’s version of the transfer deadline was somewhat muted as teams grapple with the long-term effects of coronavirus on their finances.
22:16 Aberdeen looks to goal
Aberdeen were not finished with Greg Leigh’s signing and moved late to sign goalkeeper Gary Woods on a short-term loan deal from Oldham.The former Hamilton stopper joined the Dons following an injury to goalkeeper Tomas Cerny. Derek McInnes said: “It’s come to light in recent days that Tomas will require an operation and is likely to be out for a number of weeks. We therefore felt the need to sign an experienced goalkeeper to provide cover, and also provide competition for Joe in the months ahead. We’re delighted to get Gary, a player who knows the league well, on board.”
22:05 Gerrard gets his wish
Steven Gerrard finally got his midfield wish as Rangers beat the transfer deadline to sign South African Bongani Zungu. Ibrox boss Gerrard has made little secret of his desire to add another option to his engine room but was made to wait until just two hours before Monday’s midnight cut-off point to see a long-running transfer saga involving Amiens ace Zungu finally come to fruition.Gers have been linked with the 27-year-old powerhouse midfielder for much of the summer, with the Light Blues initially quoted a £4million fee. But in the end Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson has been able to negotiate a season-long loan, with the Light Blues holding an option to make the deal permanent next summer.
21:25 Celtic looks abroad
Celtic have completed a deadline day loan swoop for AC Milan and Uruguay left-back Diego Laxalt.The 27-year-old flew into Glasgow to complete a season-long deal less than three hours before Scotland’s midnight transfer deadline.The former Genoa player has won 24 caps for Uruguay and has been brought in to provide competition for Greg Taylor.
21:09 Dundee United beat buzzer
Dundee United have beaten the transfer deadline to sign Scotland striker Marc McNulty on a season-long loan from Reading. Boss Micky Mellon – who could partner McNulty with Lawrence Shankland – said: “I’m pleased that we’re going to be able to add another international footballer with the qualities that Marc has to the group in order to help us move forward to the Dundee United we all want to see. He’s definitely a step in the right direction for us to achieve that.”
21:06 Hearts send away youth
Hearts youngster Anthony McDonald has become the latest Gorgie academy recruit to head overseas after joining Spanish outfit Cordoba. The 19-year-old has made a permanent switch to the Segunda Division B side, signing a two-year deal. His move comes less than two weeks after Aaron Hickey joined Serie A side Bologna.
20:38 Livingston sends midfielder home
Livingston have ripped up Aymen Souda’s contract in order to allow the French midfielder to return home. Aymen has made 27 appearances since signing from Romanian side Dunarea Calarasi in July last year but has only featured twice off the bench this term. Livi’s head of football operations David Martindale said: “It would be fair to say that Aymen has been missing home and Covid-19 played a huge part as to how he was feeling. He can’t get back to France whilst playing at Livingston due to the current quarantine protocols.“After a series of chats with Aymen it became clear that the best solution for all was a mutual termination of the player’s contract.”
19:50 St. Johnstone signs Israeli striker
St. Johnstone have completed the signing of Guy Melamed from Israeli Premier League side Maccabi Netanya. The 27-year-old striker arrives as Saints bid to improve on a goalscoring record that has seen them net once in the last seven matches. Manager Callum Davidson told the Saints website: “From watching videos of him play, I thought his movement in the box was very good. We had been looking to either go for a target man or someone to score goals, and I believe we have gone for the latter option.”
19:08 St. Mirren looks to Northern Ireland
St Mirren have signed Northern Ireland Under-19 international Daniel Finlayson from Rangers. The 19-year-old has joined the Buddies on a season-long loan with the Paisley club holding an option to buy.The defender was previously on loan with Orange County in the second tier of the United States football set-up.
17:24 Short loan for Aberdeen
Aberdeen have completed the signing of left-back Greg Leigh on a short-term deal until January. The 26-year-old re-joins the Dons following a loan spell last season, after leaving NAC Breda ahead of the deadline.Manager Derek McInnes told Aberdeen’s website: “Greg obviously got injured playing with us last season, but he’s now got the opportunity to finish what he started and that’s to be part of a successful Aberdeen team.”
15:35 Ayr takes a loan from Aberdeen
Aberdeen forward Bruce Anderson has joined Ayr on loan for the season with the Dons retaining an option to recall the 22-year-old in January. Manager Derek McInnes told Aberdeen’s website: “Bruce is very much part of our long-term plans at the club and this move to Ayr United offers the perfect opportunity for him to gain some valuable minutes in what I am sure will be a competitive league. “In light of some of our strikers due to return to training in the coming weeks, it was important Bruce was not left without the chance to go and play and score goals.”
15:22 Hibs steal St. Mirren captain
Hibernian have confirmed the arrival of midfielder Kyle Magennis from St Mirren. Hibs succeeded with the latest in a series of bids for the Buddies club captain last week and the 22-year-old has signed a five-year deal at Easter Road. A St Mirren club statement read: “The club had been working for over a year on a new deal for Kyle and offered him a new four-year deal on improved terms, however, it became increasingly clear that Kyle saw his future away from St Mirren. “After the initial approaches from Hibernian were rejected, Kyle made it clear to the club his desire to move. With this in mind the club made the difficult decision to accept an improved offer and allow Kyle to make the move.”
13:10 A loan for Ross County
Ross County have signed Birmingham midfielder Charlie Lakin on loan for the remainder of the season.The 21-year-old, described by County as a “box-to-box midfielder”, scored twice in 25 appearances during a loan spell with Stevenage last term and started Birmingham’s first match of the season in the Carabao Cup for his 14th Blues appearance. Manager Stuart Kettlewell told County’s website: “Charlie is somebody that has some really good qualities in the middle of the park. He is young but has had some good experiences so far and has had some good moments both offensively and defensively which made us eager to try and get him to the Highlands.”
13:01 Familiar face in Livingston
Livingston have announced the return of midfielder Josh Mullin following two years at Ross County. County agreed to Mullin’s request to leave Dingwall last week and he has now signed on for the rest of the season with Livi with the option of a further two-year contract. Livi’s head of football operations, David Martindale, told the club’s official website: “I brought Josh here from Albion Rovers originally as you could see the potential he had and it’s fair to say he has kicked on massively and I personally believe there is still more to come.”