As the top English clubs continue to spend and spend, let’s not forget that the Scots are well into their transfer window too, and several managers have strengthened their squads with countless signings along with releasing a number of players. Some big money moves may have caught your eye, especially players who make a move south of the border, yet many transfers may simply have skipped major news outlets altogether.
It is evidently Motherwell who have taken hold of the Scottish transfer window as they look to rebuild after a disappointing campaign. The Well released eight players in early June, and have wasted no time in getting their squad right as they have brought in a few interesting choices. Northern Ireland international Trevor Carson has arrived on a free from Hartlepool, while former Newcastle man Gael Bigirimana has also arrived on a free from Coventry. Manager Stephen Robinson has also brought in relegated Inverness forward Alex Fisher, who scored four goals against them this season.
Rangers meanwhile have brought in players from further afield to improve their squad, with veteran defender Bruno Alves the beginning of the Portuguese switches to Ibrox. Manager Pedro Caixinha has also brought in Fabio Cardoso from Vitoria Setubal, Dalcio on loan from Benfica and, closer to home, Ryan Jack from Aberdeen.
Hearts are looking to improve on a dismal season a through the re-signing of Scotland international Christophe Berra, yet have also shipped out full-back Callum Patterson to Championship side Cardiff. Brendan Rodgers has yet to reveal his summer plans for recruitment after a truly remarkable season, but the Northern Irish man has let go of both Efe Ambrose and Eoghan O’Connell, who have joined Hibernian and Bury respectively.
League and Scottish Cup runners-up Aberdeen have incredibly released seven senior and several youth players after another season in the shadow of Champions Celtic, including first-team regulars Niall McGinn and Peter Pawlett, who will undoubtedly be in search of a new challenge possibly south of the border. They have however strengthened their midfield with the arrival of Greg Tansey from Inverness, who signed a pre-contract with the Dons in March earlier this year. Partick Thistle have also been busy with retaining and releasing players, with the latter list comprising former captain Sean Welsh and ex- Liverpool man David Amoo.
That’s the main ins and outs from the SPL from a hectic early June, but check in throughout the summer to catch up on any switches that you might have missed during a busy period for Scottish football.