SPL Transfer Round Up (Part 1)

by Martin Campbell

It’s been a pretty quiet few weeks in the SPL transfer market but things look like they are now beginning to spring into life. Unlike the English Premier League, there is not much cash swishing about in the game north of the border so glamour signings are likely to be few and far between.

Its all about value for money these days although its not beyond the realm of possibility that new Rangers supremo Craig Whyte might give McCoist some greenbacks to strengthen the squad. One thing for sure is that the forthcoming season is going to be one of great interest for a number of reasons.

How will Ally McCoist handle being top tog at Rangers? Will Neil Lennon win his first championship with Celtic? Can Hearts or Dundee United finally mount a challenge to the Old Firm and how will the rest get on having jettisoned dozens of players onto the dole queue?

The majority of sides have started making changes, although not does not necessarily mean improvements, to their squads as they vie for their own individual interpretation of success next year.  So here is a round up of all the transfers in the SPL thus far. Thanks to STV for the list.

Aberdeen

Players in - Youl Mawene (Panserraikos).

Players out - Chris Maguire (Derby, tribunal), Mark Howard, Derek Young, David McNamee, Zander Diamond (Released)

Celtic

In: Adam Matthews (Cardiff), Kelvin Wilson (Nottingham Forest)

Out: Paul McGowan (St Mirren, undisclosed), Freddie Ljungberg, Ryan Conroy (Dundee) Ben Hutchison (released)

Dundee United

In: Willo Flood (Middlesbrough), John Rankin (Hibernian)

Out: David Robertson (St Johnstone), Darren Dods (Falkirk), Morgaro Gomis (Birmingham) Craig Conway, Prince Buaben (out of contract)

Dunfermline

In: Paul Burns (Queen of the South), Kevin Rutkiewicz (St Johnstone), Paddy Boyle (Partick Thistle), Andy Barrowman (Ross County), Paul Gallacher (St Mirren)

Out: Calum Woods (Huddersfield)

Heart of Midlothian

In: Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock), John Sutton (Motherwell), Danny Grainger (St Johnstone), Mehdi Taouil (Kilmarnock)

Out: Ruben Palazuelos, Jamie Mole, David Kucharski, Ismail Bouzid (Released)

Hibernian

In: Ivan Sproule (Bristol City), Garry O’ Connor (Free Agent)

Out: John Rankin (Dundee United), Derek Riordan, Ricardo Vaz Te, Kurtis Byrne, Colin Nish, Valdas Trakys, Kevin McCann, Steven Thicot, Thomas Flynn (Released), Kurtis Byrne (Ross County)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

In: Greg Tansey (Stockport County), Gregory Tade (Raith Rovers), Tom Aldred (Watford)

Out: Grant Munro (Ross County), Stuart Golabek (Brora Rangers), Roy McBain (Peterhead), Russell Duncan, Dani Sanchez, Chris Innes, Chris Hogg, Max Johnson, Gil Blumenshtein (Released)

Kilmarnock

In: Danny Racchi (York), Paul Heffernan (Sheffield Wednesday)

Out: Jamie Hamill (Hearts), Frazer Wright (St Johnstone), Craig Bryson (Derby)

Motherwell

In: Nicky Devlin (Dumbarton), Michael Higdon (St Mirren)

Out: John Sutton (Hearts), Francis Jeffers, Maurice Ross, Steven Meechan, Angelis Charalambous, Esteban Cassagolda (Released)

Rangers

In: none

Out: none

St Johnstone

In: Calum Davidson (Preston NE), David Robertson (Dundee United), Sean Higgins (Dundee), Frazer Wright (Kilmarnock)

Out: Michael Duberry (Oxford United), Kevin Rutkiewicz (Dunfermline), Danny Grainger (Hearts), Cleveland Taylor (Burton Albion), Scott Dobie, Danny Invincible, Collin Samuel, Peter MacDonald, Andy Jackson (Morton), Jordan Robertson (released) Graeme smith (St Mirren), Neil Duffy (Peterhead)

St Mirren

In: Steven Thompson (Burnley), Nigel Hasselbaink (Hamilton), Paul McGowan (Celtic, undisclosed) Graeme Smith (St Johhnstone)

Out: Craig Dargo, John-Paul Potter, Gareth Wardlaw, Patrick Cregg, Sean Lynch, Jamie McClusky, Nick Hegarty, Garry Brady (Released), Michael Higdon (Motherwell), Paul Gallacher (Dunfermline)

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