Transfer Deadline Day in Scotland as it happened

BBC Scotland reports on the latest transfers involving Scottish clubs on deadline day.

31 January 2014 Last updated at 08:59

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  1. 0900: 

    John Motson-style sheepskin coat? Check. Hat at a jaunty angle? Check. Cup of coffee? Check. Eye-popping transfers in Scotland on deadline day? Wait and see...

    Good morning and welcome to our live text commentary of the nerve-shredding, teeth-grinding, awe-inspiring extravaganza that is deadline day.

    Scottish clubs aiming to do some last-minute shopping have until 23:00 GMT tonight in order to slice through red tape and deliver a new hero for their fans to idolise for the rest of the season.

  2. 0902: 

    Scottish clubs aiming to do some last-minute shopping have until 23:00 GMT tonight in order to slice through red tape and deliver a new hero for their fans to idolise for the rest of the season.

    Is Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley for the off? Will Rangers retain the services of the galloping Lee Wallace? Can Dundee United see off the vultures circling overhead at Tannadice amid ravenous interest in their young stars?

  3. 0903: 

    Who do you want your club to sign today? We want a realistic target and a fantasy option thrown in too for good measure…

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  4. 0904: 

    News on Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley coming up...

  5. 0905: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont
    Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley

    "Celtic have accepted an offer from Crystal Palace for their Welsh international midfielder Joe Ledley and are hopeful of completing the signing of Leigh Griffiths from Wolves.

    "Ledley had been offered a new deal at Celtic, with his current contract running out this summer, but so far hasn't signed. Celtic would prefer to sell now than allow him to run down his contract.

    "The Scottish champions have submitted a third offer for Griffiths and all going well the striker will be in Glasgow for a medical today.

    "Celtic have been frustrated in a number of other attempts to sign players this month, with clubs reluctant to sell at this time."

  6. 0906: 

    Ledley has been an integral part of Celtic's midfield since joining from Cardiff City in 2010.

    What do Celtic fans think of his potential departure?

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  7. 0908: 

    Rangers, meanwhile, have rejected offers from Nottingham Forest for full-back Lee Wallace.

    While the Ibrox club are desperate to cut costs they have told the English Championship side they will need to up their offer if they want to sign him.

    BBC Sport understands Forest's bids for the Scotland international, 26, were below the widely speculated £900,000.

    Wallace, who was signed from Hearts in 2011 for £1.5m, is contracted to Rangers until 2017.

    Since making offers for Wallace, Nottingham Forest have brought in Southampton's Danny Fox on loan until the summer.

    Has that cooled their interest in Wallace?


    Handwringer Loyal: "Keep Kenny miller away from Ibrox if you see him please..."

    Callum Laidlaw: "Let's hope there's a few (deals). Hibs in particular..."


    Anonymous: "Gutted to see Joe Ledley go (if he does). Underrated and could do a lot better than Crystal Palace."


    Exiled In Kent: "Joe Ledley should stay as he is a proven goal scorer from midfield & just needed more games. He's an asset in Champions League."

    Stephen Blair: "Seems a step back for Ledley at CPFC. Good luck to him he's been great for the hoops and came on a free."

  11. 0925: 
    Hammer Time
    West Ham striker Paul McCallum

    Gary Locke bolstered his attacking options at Hearts by signing West Ham striker Paul McCallum on loan until the summer.

    The Scottish Professional Football League approved the move after Hearts sold Adam King to Swansea City.

    McCallum, 20, has spent loan spells at Rochdale, AFC Wimbledon, Aldershot and most recently at Torquay United.

    And the marksman could make his debut in Sunday's League Cup semi-final against Inverness CT.


    Kev: "Good luck to Joe Ledley. Celtic had to get rid of a midfielder so cut the wage bill and make way for..."

    Steve McKenzie: "Just seen Mickael Antoine-Curier getting off the number 35 bus on Easter Road..."

    Was former goalkeeper John "Budgie" Burridge driving the bus?


    Gary, Edinburgh: "All the best for Joe. But leaving a Champions League team for a relegation battle and possible Championship football? You can take Samaras with you. I'll drive you down."

    Anonymous: "Hearing that an known English Premiership outfit will put a bid in for Gary Mackay Stephen. Also, Derek Riordan will complete a move to Carlisle today."

  14. 0932: 

    Drum roll, get ready for the DONE DEAL headline to hove into view...

  15. 0935: 
    BBC Scotland's Jim SpenceDONE DEAL

    "Dundee Utd have signed central defender Curtis Good from Newcastle Utd on a loan deal until the end of the season.

    "The 20-year-old Australian Joined Newcastle in the summer of 2012 from hometown side Melbourne Heart..."

  16. 0937: 

    What do football agents think of the January transfer window? Raymond Sparkes told BBC Scotland earlier this week that he views it as "a nuisance".

    "I'm pretty much persona non grata in January," the 54-year-old said.

    "I'm on the phone the entire day, every day. Does it impinge on family life? Of course it does. But it's all important in the food chain of what I'm trying to achieve."

    As most agents will tell you, trying to find managers between 9:30am and 2:30pm is extremely difficult because that's the busiest part of their working day.

    "After that, they'll call us expecting to get some information on players or expect a call from us. You either catch managers at 8am - which is a regular feature for me - or you wait until 3pm; sometimes it takes until 10pm that night before you can pin them down.

    "That question is usually: 'What are you looking for?' and/or 'this is what I have to offer you/I hear you're looking for a player in that position'. Generally, you try to be Mr Fixit and bring people together."


    Paul: "Galled by Celtic's lack of ambition in selling Ledley. Crystal Palace getting proven Champions League midfielder for buttons."

    Steven Skelton: "Why would Rangers chase the cash for Wallace when they're on such a sound financial footing?"

    Kevin Walker: "Ledley has been quality for us. However, I'd rather take the money now than have him leave for nothing. CPFC is a joke though!"

  18. 0945: 
    BBC Scotland's Jane Lewis

    "Craig Conway close to sealing permanent move from #Cardiff to #Blackburn. And I'm told #Kilmarnock's Kris Boyd will NOT be moving in this transfer window!"


    Anonymous: "Efe Ambrose nearing deal to Fulham. The Celtic fire sale continues...."

    Anonymous: "Spotted Craig Dargo in Paisley this morning...could this be the other striking option Lennon mentioned?"

  20. 0950: 
    Defender Danny Grainger

    Defender Danny Grainger has had his contract at St Mirren terminated by mutual consent. The 26-year-old signed for the Buddies last summer for 12 months with the option of a further year.

    The former Jambo has been linked with a move to League One outfit Dunfermline.


    Iain McG: "Joe Ledley owes us nothing. Good luck, Joe, if you decide to go and even better if you stick around till summer. #honestpro."

    Anonymous: "Absolutely gutted Celtic are letting Joe Ledley go. He should be given a bumper contract. Midfielders like him are hard to come by!!"


    Steven: "If Ledley does leave Celtic should not be looking for a direct replacement. Give Biton and Johansen a chance. Hopefully Kayal will leave too."

  23. 1010: 
    Wolves striker Leigh Griffiths

    Wolves have accepted an offer from Celtic for striker Leigh Griffiths. The player, according to BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont, is having a medical...


    Steps: "Gutted to see Joe Ledley leave; nonplussed re big Sammi but Ledley's a great player astonished he wants a relegation battle."

    Marc Skinner: "I saw Jermaine Pennant going into Easter Road this morning #hibswinger #bbcsportscot"

    Alain Beauchamp: "Would like Ryan Gauld & Stuart Armstrong for Celtic. Buy young Scottish talent."

  25. 1015: 

    What's that you ask? A quick recap of who's done what in terms of transfers? Here we go...

  26. 1017: 
    Ins & Outs at Scottish clubs


    In: Shaleum Logan (Brentford, loan), Adam Rooney (Oldham), Alan Tate (Swansea, loan)

    Out: Josh Magennis (St Mirren, loan), Gregg Wylde (St Mirren), Michael Hector (end of loan), Chris Clark (released) Lawrence Shankland (Dunfermline, loan)


    In: Stefan Johansen (Stromsgodset), Holmbert Aron Fridjonsson (Fram)

    Out: Dylan McGeouch (Coventry, loan), Bahrudin Atajic (Shrewsbury, loan), Tom Rogic (Melbourne Victory) Callum McGregor (Notts County, loan), Stuart Findlay (Morton, loan), Paul George (Hamilton, loan)

    Dundee United

    In: Curtis Good (newcastle, loan), Farid El Alagui (Brentford, loan)

    Out: Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle, loan), David Goodwillie (end of loan)

  27. 1020: 
    Ins & Outs


    In: Paul McCallum (West Ham, loan)

    Out: Adam King (Swansea)



    Out: Ross Caldwell (Alloa, loan), David Gold (Cowdenbeath, loan), Fraser Mullen (Raith Rovers)

    Inverness CT

    In: Greg Tansey (Stevenage),

    Out: Torbjorn Agdestein (released)


    In Alexei Eremenko (Kairat Almaty), Vitalijs Maksimenko (Brighton, loan)

    Out: James Fowler (Cowdenbeath, loan), Kyle Jacobs (Livingston), Reuben Gabriel (Waasland-Beveren), Ibrahim Rabiu (released), Mark Stewart (released), Gary Fisher (released).

  28. 1022: 
    Ins & Outs


    In: Henri Anier (Viking)

    Out: Bob McHugh (Queen of the South, loan), Adam Cummins (Dundee, loan)

    Partick Thistle

    In: Chris Erskine (Dundee United, loan), Lee Mair (St Mirren), Gary Fraser (Bolton), Lyle Taylor (Sheffield Utd, loan) George Moncur (West Ham, loan)

    Out: John Baird (Raith Rovers), Mark Kerr (released), Hugh Murray (Dumbarton), Ross Forbes (released)

    Ross County

    In: Yann Songo'o (Blackburn, loan), Yoann Arquin (Notts County), Filip Kiss (Cardiff, loan), Jordan Slew (Blackburn, loan), Michael Tidser (Rotherham, loan), Evangelos Oikonomou (Veria)

    Out: Mihael Kovacevic (released), Orhan Mustafi (end of loan)

  29. 1024: 
    Ins & Outs

    St Johnstone

    In: James Dunne (Stevenage, loan), Chris Iwelumo (Scunthorpe), Michael O'Halloran (Bolton), Wayde Joyce (Barnsley)

    Out: Sanel Jahic (released), David Robertson (Morton), Gwion Edwards (end of loan)

    St Mirren

    In: Josh Magennis (Aberdeen, loan), Gregg Wylde (Aberdeen), Adam Campbell (Newcastle, loan)

    BBC Scotland's Kheredine Idessane

    "Looks like Celtic getting Leigh Griffiths for about £1m from Wolves. Good value, I'd say, if he reproduces his Hibs form #clinical"


    Scott Hamilton: "Any truth in this Efe Ambrose to Fulham rumour? The hearsay is really starting to grind my gears."

    We're trying to find out if there's any substance to this one Scott...

    Erik Cikos has signed for Ross County

    Ross County have signed defender Erik Cikos from Slovan Bratislava until the end of the season. The 25-year-old Slovakia Under-21 cap is the seventh acquisition for manager Derek Adams in the current window.

    Cikos has also played for Slovak sides Inter Bratislava and Petrzalka and Polish outfit Wisla Krakow.


    Ker: "Any more news on Robert Snodgrass to Celtic as reported last week?"

    It's all gone quiet on that front...

  34. 1035: 

    Hearts manager Gary Locke says he's extremely disappointed with the SPFL board decision not to allow them to sign midfielder Rudi Skacel.

    Locke says he's been given no indication by the board as to what type of player he can sign after goalkeeping coach Alan Combe's player registration was cancelled.

    On a brighter note, Locke has expressed delight at signing West Ham striker Paul McCallum.


    Rian Hoskins: "Ledley would be a good buy for Palace. He provides goals in midfield and they need that. They've only scored 15 in 23 games."

    Steven Morrow: "Michael Higdon spotted at Edinburgh airport..."

    Robert Mackie: "Danny Grainger leaving is a weird one. He was fantastic for Hearts for a few years, hard to believe he isn't first choice LB."


    Crooksy, Warrington: "Rudi Skacel in Edinburgh airport departures with large suitcase heading back to Prague. He'll be back for Hearts' First Division campaign."

  37. 1050: 

    Livingston manager John McGlynn has wished defender Coll Donaldson every success following his move to English Championship outfit Queen's Park Rangers.

    "Coll has worked his way through the youth ranks here so, whilst it's always disappointing to lose one of your own, he deserves a crack at English football," said McGlynn.

  38. 1100: 
    Good Work

    Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara has been waxing lyrical about new signing Curtis Good.

    "Curtis comes to us highly recommended and from a well-respected club," said McNamara. "He is left-footed and can play as either a central defender or left-back. These are areas that require cover and it was important this was addressed during the window.

    "He is 6ft 1in and strong and should give a different option to the defenders already at the club.

    "I am very happy to have this deal completed; it offers Curtis the opportunity to get some game time whilst enhancing our squad for the latter part of the season."

  39. 1105: 
    BBC Scotland's John Barnes

    "Don't expect any transfer actvity at @MotherwellFC today."

  40. 1107: 

    St Mirren remain hopeful of adding to their squad though their principal targets are out of contract, meaning they're not tied to the 11pm transfer deadline...

  41. 1115: 

    Hibernian, who have been linked with Notts County striker Danny Haynes and Sunderland striker Duncan Watmore, have called a media conference for 13:00 GMT.

  42. 1119: 
    BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin

    "Hibs boss Terry Butcher is attempting to bring in at least two new loan players before the transfer window closes..."


    Paul Clarkson: "Rumour has it that Dean Shiels has been spotted at east mains earlier. Would be a great move for him/Hibs. Heard anything?"

    Callum Higgins: "Neil Lennon spotted at Celtic Park this morning..."

  44. 1125: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair LamontBye Bye Bangura?
    Striker Mo Bangura

    "Celtic are terminating the contract of their striker Mo Bangura today. He signed from AIK in Sweden in 2011 but was sent back to his former club on loan having failed to make an impact in Scotland.

    "He then had a spell with Elfsborg, playing against Celtic in a Champions League qualifier, before returning to Celtic Park at the end of their season last month."


    Kiernan Hennigan: "Peter Crouch has his foot down, overtaking me on the M6. On the way to Celtic, Carlisle, or Gretna Green?"

    With those 80in legs, the towering hitman will be Gone in 60 Seconds...


    Anonymous: "As a Hearts fan, even I can admit that trying to sign a replacement for Combe was a no go. He's never been on a team sheet since we registered him. Interested to see what the boy McCallum can do though, season's not over yet..."

    Paul, Glasgow: "This is shaping up to be a truly abysmal deadline day at Celtic. Losing Ledley is bad enough, but signing Griffiths is even worse. Not welcome at Celtic as far as I'm concerned. Disappointing."


    SPFLBanter: "Hibs are trying to bring 21-year-old Arsenal defender Daniel Boateng in on loan..."

  48. 1138: 

    Partick Thistle have signed 20-year-old West Ham midfielder George Moncur on loan until the end of the season.


    Callum Higgins: "BREAKING NEWS: Heavy traffic on M8 stalls talks between Robin Van Persie @Persie_Official and St Mirren, More to follow."

  50. 1150: 

    No news, yet, on the future of Georgios Samaras. The Galloping Greek is out of contract and has been linked with a move before the January transfer deadline...

    The Rolling Stones

    If we're summing up the January transfer window in Scotland so far, which songs best depict the collective mood?

    Money's Too Tight To Mention - Simply Red

    Price Tag - Jessie J

    Money - Pink Floyd

    You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones

    Money For Nothing - Dire Straits

    Any better than that?

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  52. 1200: 

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist has been talking about defender Lee Wallace's future. Nottingham Forest have failed to land the former Hearts full-back.

    "(Chief Executive) Graham Wallace has kept me up to speed with the bids made for Lee Wallace and that they didn't meet the valuation," said McCoist.

  53. 1202: 

    Word reaches us that the Hibs media conference will, in fact, be held later this afternoon.

    Could it be delayed to enable midfield marvel Andrea Pirlo to get on a flight bound for Edinburgh?


    Paul: "What have you done for me Ledley? Janet Jackson"

    That's top work Paul! That dovetails nicely with the Van Morrison classic Have I Told You Ledley That I Love You...


    Billy Turnbull: "Scotland is the land of the loans what a state the game is in..."

    Fraser Vandal: "All but 2 of Danny Lennon's summer signings have now left the club and we're releasing defenders on a weekly basis...farce!"

    Ross Anderson: "Think I've just seen Fernando Torres lost in Montrose. Could he have finally found his real level?"

  56. 1220: 
    BBC Scotland's John BarnesDONE DEAL

    "Killie deal done to sign winger David Karlsson from Sunderland on loan."

    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence

    "Aberdeen FC Tell me no more business will be done today either in or out first team wise."

  58. 1225: 

    Our intrepid reporter Jim Spence is going to have Gorilla-like thumbs at this rate... Another tweet from the great man.

    "If Celtic have paid £1.2m that Wolves were looking for in Leigh Griffiths deal, Dundee are due around 150k from sell on agreement."

  59. 1230: 
    BBC Scotland's John Barnes

    "Kilmarnock have released winger David Silva. The Portuguese winger who returned to Rugby Park for a second spell earlier this season made only one start during an injury hit spell.

    "Forward Jude Winchester has gone on loan to Cliftonville, while Caoimhin Bonner has also been released by the Ayrshire club."

    Winchester is a great name! Triggers memories of watching Minder and the master at work Arthur Daley in The Winchester members-only club. Halcyon Days!

    GET INVOLVED - Transfer Deadline Day Song

    Ian, Elgin: "Taxman by The Beatles. Ka Ching, Shania twain. Money changes everything, Cyndi Lauper. Abba's Money Money Money"

    Martin, Glasgow: "The Drifters tribute to Leigh Griffiths - Thumb Kind Of Wonderful."

    Jaq, Kilbarchan: "Fool (if you think it's over) by Chris Rea."

    Neil Renton in Sunny Leith: "How about "A loan Again (Naturally)" Gilbert O'Sullivan"

    Hibernian's new loan signings Danny Haynes and Duncan Watmore

    Hibs' new loan signings Danny Haynes and Duncan Watmore sport their new kit.

  62. 1300: 
    Hibs manager Terry Butcher

    "Danny is an extremely quick forward, who can play anywhere up front. I've followed his career since he made the breakthrough at my old club, Ipswich Town and he has scored goals wherever he has played.

    "He will add extra experience, pace and quality to our forward line and we're pleased to be able to bring Danny to Hibernian.

    "Duncan is a quick, direct winger with a good work-rate. He is a young player, who has impressed me with his intelligence on the pitch, eye for goal and quality deliveries into the box.

    "Duncan has already made his first team debut at Sunderland and he is highly-rated by the coaching staff there; we're pleased to be able to add him to the squad."

  63. 1305: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont

    "Leigh Griffiths deal is all but done - he just has to complete medical. He will sign a three-and-a-half year deal and will be in the squad for Sunday's game against St Mirren.

    "With Joe Ledley, it is down to him to decide whether he wants to go to Crystal Palace.

    "Celtic made a big bid earlier in week for a Turkish player and met the release clause, but the player and his own club could not reach the necessary agreement for transfer to go through..."

  64. 1307: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on Leigh Griffiths
    Striker Leigh Griffiths

    "He's here, the deal's agreed & subject to a medical, he'll hopefully be a Celtic player by the time window closes.

    "He knows the environment, he's a prolific goalscorer and I think that we can make him better. He'll be a good asset to the club.

    "Leigh seems like a very focused player and is delighted to be here. He represents good value for money and he will score goals for us."


    Andy Galloway: "Former Dunfermline & Morton forward Davie Graham seen going into Falkirk Stadium earlier today-had to do a double take as his hairline's so far receded since he was last in Scottish football I almost didn't recognise him."

    Macalfo: "Didn't Martin O'Neill always play "I'm gonna wait till the midnight hour"? - it's the Celtic way!"

    Walter Dods, Easter Road: "Transfer deadline day song. The William Tell Overture, well it was the theme tune for The Loan Arranger."

    Hibernian FCDONE DEAL

    "Defender Daniel Boateng, who joins #Hibs on loan from Arsenal - will link up with the squad on Monday - a warm welcome to Daniel."

  67. 1325: 
    Griffiths at Celtic
    Leigh Griffiths at Celtic Park for signing talks
  68. 1330: 

    St Mirren boss Danny Lennon insists striker Stevie Thompson should not be worried about the arrival of Josh Magennis.

    The Aberdeen hitman joined the Buddies on a six-month loan deal and Lennon believes the pair can both feature.

    "There is no doubt that Josh will help Stevie the longer we go into the season," said Lennon.

    "We didn't bring Josh in as a replacement for Stevie, we brought him in to work alongside him. Stevie is getting older but Josh will be able to do a bit more of the running and help Stevie save himself for when those balls come into the box.

    "We have still got Stephane Bahoken, who is just a week away from fitness, as well as Gregg Wylde and Adam Campbell to give us a bit of pace, so our attacking options certainly excite me."


    Steve Begley: "One song that can't be added is Hey Big Spender!!"

    David Hunter: "For Chelsea outward loanees, Hank Williams' 'Long Gone Loansome blues...'

  70. 1355: 

    Thanks for your company today, I'm going to hand over to Clive Lindsay. Cheers.

  71. 14:04: 

    Compared to some recent transfer deadline days in Scotland, it has been like Sauchiehall Street on a Saturday. Aberdeen and Ross County are saying that their business for January has been done, but there's plenty more business yet to be done elsewhere you would imagine. So stay with us.

  72. 14:07: 

    As has been mentioned earlier, there are also some interesting spin-offs to today's transfer business. Should Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths complete his switch from Wolves to Celtic, it will net Dundee around £150,000 because of the sell-on clause in the transfer for a similar amount that took the 23-year-old to Molineux in January 2011. Not a bad wee boost to the Dens Park fighting fund as they chase promotion to Scotland's top flight.

  73. 14:14: 

    Talking of Dundee, the Scottish Championship outfit have just announced that they have signed Sean Bonnett-Johnson. The English midfielder was most recently with Billericay Town in the Isthmian League and appears to be a bit of a journeyman in more ways than one having previously been with Broxbourne Borough, Kettering Town, St Albans City, Aveley, Waltham Forest, Hemel Hempstead Town and Potters Bar Town. Some illustrious names there!

  74. 14:20: 

    Some good and bad news for the Scotland international team. There is now one less member of the squad plying his trade in England's top flight after Craig Conway completed a switch to Blackburn Rovers from Cardiff City. However, it means that the 28-year-old former Dundee United winger might now get a few more games under his belt. Conway has only played one substitute appearance for Cardiff this season, although he did play on loan to Brighton. So it is back to Championship level for the Irvine-born player on a two-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee.

  75. 14:30: 

    Dunfermline Athletic have confirmed the signing of midfielder Ross Forbes and defender Danny Grainger. Both take the step down from the Scottish Premiership, Forbes having been released by Partick Thistle and Grainger from St Mirren. The experienced pair should help the club, now out of administration of course, in their bid to finish runners-up to Rangers in League One and win promotion via a play-off. However, neither will be available for the Pars' Scottish Cup fifth-round match away to the league's runaway leaders as both are cup-tied with their previous clubs.

  76. 14:38: 

    Falkirk have confirmed they have accepted a written offer for the services of midfielder Jay Fulton from Swansea City. However, they have rejected a bid from the Welsh outfit for fellow 19-year-old Stephen Kingsley, the defender who had reportedly also been interesting Celtic. The Bairns say that the English Premiership club's valuation of the player was well below their own.

  77. 14:43: 

    Of course, should Swansea sign Jay Fulton from Falkirk, and maybe up their bid for Stephen Kingsley, it will not be their first recruit from Scottish football during the current transfer window. They this week signed midfielder Adam King from Hearts before the 18-year-old even managed to become a first-team regular with the Scottish Premiership side. At least with Fulton and Kingsley, the Swans would be getting players with a good few first-team games behind them in Scotland's second tier.


    Craig Conway: "Absolutely delighted to join @OneRovers can't wait to get started! #BRFC"

  79. 14:51: 

    Cowdenbeath manager Jimmy Nicholl has returned to his roots to bolster his side's bid to avoid relegation from the Scottish Championship. He has signed 22-year-old midfielder Sammy Stewart, who played under his fellow Northern Irishman when he was assistant manager at Aberdeen before he was sold back to Glenavon, with whom he had started his career.

  80. 15:04: 
    New Partick Thistle signings Prince Bauben and George Moncur

    Partick Thistle's new signings, Prince Buaben and George Moncur, display their new jerseys. Buaben, formerly of Dundee United, arrives on loan from Carlisle United and fellow midfielder Moncur from West Ham.

  81. 15:09: 

    Defender Tim Clancy has had his contract at Hibs terminated by mutual consent. The 29-year-old Irishman had joined the Edinburgh club after leaving Motherwell in 2012. However, he has had a series of injury problems since arriving at Easter Road and has made only 21 appearances, none this season.


    Danny Grainger: "I'm absolutely delighted to have signed for @officialdafc till the end of season! Wud like to thank 95% of every1 attached to St Mirren." Are you going to name the other 5%, Danny? Oh, come on, come on, come on...

  83. 15:19: 

    Defender Ross Smith has left Dundee United, apparently by the old "mutual consent" route, according to the Tannadice club. The 21-year-old has represented Scotland up to under-19 level, but he has failed to break into the Scottish Premiership outfit's first-team after two loan spells with Peterhead then spending the start of this season with Stenhousemuir in League One. Could a return to Ochilview on a permanent deal be imminent?

  84. 15:29: 

    Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston has warned his own young forward talents they will have a fight to keep their place after the arrival of David Moberg Karlsson on loan from Sunderland.

    The 19-year-old winger has only made one appearance for the Black Cats since a £1.5m transfer from IFK Gothenburg.

    But, ahead of Saturday's Scottish Premiership visit by Ross County, the Killie manager said: "David is a quality player who can score goals, create chances and can play on both sides of the park.

    "It gives us different options and puts pressure on the players already in the side to perform.

    "He has already played for Sunderland's first team during a pre-season tournament in Hong Kong, when he scored against Tottenham.

    "He's gone there with a big transfer fee, so I suppose that gives you an idea of the quality he has.

    "He's still young and definitely isn't the finished article, but he has talent and hopefully will make a big impact."

  85. 15:31: 

    Kilmarnock have handed defender Ismael Bouzid a new six-month contract despite having been on the sidelines for the last three months with a knee injury.

    The 30-year-old Algeria international had signed a short-term deal in September.

    Bouzid, who had spent time with Giannina, Baniyas and Alger after a spell with Hearts, said: "I have to thank the manager for showing his faith in me.

    "It has been a tough time for me with the injury lately, but the club has given me a new contract, which is a huge weight off my mind.

    "Now I hope to do my best for the club and try to repay them for their support."

  86. 15:38: 

    St Johnstone have freed New Zealand striker Rory Fallon and brought in two young midfielders.

    Mark Davies arrives on loan from Nottingham Forest, where the 20-year-old's father, Billy, is manager.

    Fisayo Adarabioyo has also signed until the summer, having previously been at Birmingham City. The midfielder, who turns 19 tomorrow, started his career with Manchester City.

  87. 15:44: 

    It is perhaps no surprise that Rory Fallon has left McDiarmid Park. The 31-year-old was recently told he was free to find a new club and St Johnstone say he has now left by "mutual consent".

    Fallon joined in the summer after leaving Scottish Premiership rivals Aberdeen, but 11 of his 12 appearances have come from the substitutes' bench and he has scored only once.

    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has already brought in Chris Iwelumo, after the former Scotland striker left Scunthorpe United, and former Bolton Wanderers forward Michael O'Halloran as replacements during the January transfer window.

  88. 15:57: 

    So, after that flurry of activity, what do St Johnstone and Kilmarnock fans think of their respective arrivals and departures? And are Falkirk supporters satisfied to get some money in from Swansea for Jay Fulton?

    Test 80295 or tweet at #bbcsportscot or @CliveLindsayBBC

  89. 16:06: 

    Celtic fans are still being made to wait for confirmation of Leigh Griffiths' transfer from Wolves. They will be hoping no rival fans kicked the striker on his way to the all-important medical this morning.

    Joe Ledley is playing a waiting game too on his decision on whether to join Crystal Palace after the clubs agreed a fee for the Wales midfielder.

    Meanwhile, Celtic are understood to have made a bid on Wednesday for a player in Turkey. The Scottish champions matched the fee required by the player's release clause. However, the player and his present club could not reach the necessary agreement to go through.

  90. 16:14: 

    Ross Couny have announced that 20-year-old Steven Ross has joined Highland League leaders Brora Rangers until the end of the season. It will be the defender's second spell on loan with the Cattachs and, in between, he also spent some time with league rivals Forres Mechanics.

  91. 16:21: 

    There is still no word of any move out of Celtic Park for Georgios Samaras, the Greece striker who is out of contract in the summer and who has so far failed to agree a new deal with the Scottish champions.

    However, Le 10 Sport in France is suggesting that Olympique Marseille are considering a late bid to sign the 28-year-old, who has been with Celtic since arriving from Manchester City in 2008.

  92. 16:22: 

    BBC Scotland has learned that St Johnstone have turned down a bid in the region of £500,000 from Preston North End for striker Stevie May.

  93. 16:27: 

    Preston are only the latest English club to express their interest in Stevie May. St Johnstone have previously rebuffed bids from Rotherham United and Peterborough United for the Scotland Under-21 striker. You would imagine that the Perth outfit will be looking for much more than £500,000 for someone who is the Scottish Premiership's joint top scorer.

  94. 16:30: 

    Hibs manager Terry Butcher has been waxing lyrical about Daniel Boateng, the Edinburgh club's 21-year-old loan signing from Arsenal.

    "He's a big boy. He's probably the most robust of Arsenal's defenders, including the first team.

    "He's comfortable on the ball and he can play at right-back or centre-back, a holding role in midfield as well.

    "He'll add strength and variation to our back four."

  95. 16:48: 

    St Johnstone fans desperate for their club to keep hold of Scotland Under-21 international Stevie May are taking heart from the decision to allow striker Chris Kane to extend his loan at Dumbarton. The line of thinking goes that Kane is viewed as May's successor and therefore the Perth club would not have allowed the 19-year-old to return to the Championship outfit if there was a prospect of them agreeing to the kind of bid it is being suggested is on offer from Preston.

  96. 17:02: 

    Clyde have just announced on Twitter that they don't expect to make any more signings before the deadline closes tonight. Can you hear my heart sinking?

  97. 17:07: 

    Danny Haynes has told Hibs manager Terry Butcher he will be whatever kind of player he needs him to be.

    The striker axed by Notts County after his summer move from Charlton will be hoping the former England manager does not see him as a defender or goalkeeper!

    Seriously though, here's what the 26-year-old Englishman told the club's website: "I've not really got a preferred position.

    "I can play as one of a front three, I've played up front on my own before and I've played on the wing in midfield before.

    "I have played everywhere, so I'll just do what the manager tells me.

    "I can score goals, but it's just as important to set them up and I can do both."

  98. 17:09: 

    Notts County striker Danny Haynes does not rule out staying at Hibs longer than his loan deal until the summer.

    "This is a massive club and the SPL is a different challenge for me," he said. "I'm looking forward to it - I'm quite excited.

    "Would I like to stay beyond the summer? I don't see why not. The people are friendly up here.

    "I never thought I'd come up here to Scotland, but when the opportunity came up, I had to to grab it with both hands.

    "If it progresses to something more then we will look at it at the end of the season."

  99. 17:16: 

    On-loan Brentford full-back Shaleum Logan admits that making his Aberdeen debut in their League Cup semi-final against St Johnstone would come as a surprise for more reasons than one.

    "I did not realise Aberdeen were in a cup semi final," he said. "After speaking with the manager, I was made aware of the games that are coming up.

    "There are some big games, starting with the St Johnstone match on Saturday. It will be a great game to be part of.

    "It is a good time to be coming to Aberdeen. Brentford are currently top of the league, so it is good to come to another club who are having a good season.

    "Hopefully I can help the club secure second spot in the league at the end of the season."

  100. 17:18: 

    So what kind of player can the Aberdeen faithful expect should on-loan Brentford defender Shaleum Logan make his debut against St Johnstone?

    "The Aberdeen fans can expect to see a player who gives 110%," he said. "I consider myself to be an attacking full back.

    "I love to attack, but I also recognise I am a defender and need to be able to defend."

  101. 17:27: 

    Motherwell fans can rest easy. We understand that manager Stuart McCall has gone home, while the chairman and chief executive are not at Fir Park. So we can fairly safely assume that Well are closed for business, either in or out, for this transfer window. Unless Real Madrid offer a few million quid for Keith Lasley!

  102. 17:35: 

    We can now clarify the story about Preston North End's interest in St Johnstone striker Stevie May. The English League One outfit made an inquiry about the Scotland Under-21 striker. However, after being quoted a fee in excess of £500,000, Preston have not returned with a firm offer. Indeed, Preston have today signed another striker, Craig Davies, on loan from Bolton Wanderers, so that might suggest that their interest in May is dead.

  103. 17:38: 

    After selling midfielder Jay Fulton to Swansea City, Falkirk have secured 20-year-old Scotland youth defender Joe Chalmers on loan from Celtic until the end of the season. Those of you putting two and two together and thinking that it might be in anticipation of a fresh bid from the Welsh club for Stephen Kingsley should remember that the teenager for whom their bid was rejected is a full-back while Chalmers is seen as an out-and-out centre-half. However, you never know.

  104. 17:47: 

    Away from the transfer shenanigans, St Mirren have lodged an appeal against the red card shown to defender Marc McAusland in Wednesday's 2-1 defeat by Hearts. McAusland was sent off after Dale Carrick went down on the edge of the box, with Jamie Hamill converting the penalty. Manager Danny Lennon argued after the game that contact as not only minimal but was outside the penalty area. St Mirren visit Celtic Park on Sunday and McAusland will be free to play ahead of his case being ruled on.

  105. 17:58: 
    Hibernian manager Terry Butcher with loan signings Duncan Watmore and Danny Haynes.

    Hibs manager Terry Butcher dwarfs new loan signings Duncan Watmore and Danny Haynes, the forward pair having arrived from Sunderland and Notts County respectively. Butcher will hope their pair making a bigger impact on the field of play.

  106. 17:58: 
    Celtic update

    Updates on the futures of Joe Ledley and Leigh Griffiths. Wales midfielder Ledley is on his way to discuss personal terms with Crystal Palace after a fee was agreed between the clubs. Meanwhile, Celtic are still awaiting the result of Scotland striker Griffiths' medical before completing his transfer from Wolves.

  107. 18:07: 
    Ross County exit

    After making a host of January signings, Ross County have announced another exit. The Dingwall outfit have released Swiss defender Branislav Micic, saying his departure was by "mutual consent". The 23-year-old signed a year ago after leaving Sion but has only made 10 appearances this season.

  108. 18:10: 

    Falkirk have quickly followed up the signing of Celtic defender Joe Chalmers on loan by announcing the signing of 19-year-old striker Mark Beck from Carlisle United. Scotland Under-19 international arrives on loan until the end of the season.

  109. 18:14: 

    Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara is delighted to have signed Curtis Good on loan from Newcastle United as cover for Gavin Gunning, whose knee injury might keep him out for another month.

    "Curtis comes to us highly recommended and from a well-respected club," he said.

    "He is left-footed and can play as either a central defender or left-back. These are areas that require cover and it was important this was addressed during the window.

    "He is 6ft 1in and strong and should give a different option to the defenders already at the club.

    "I am very happy to have this deal completed - it offers Curtis the opportunity to get some game time whilst enhancing our squad for the latter part of the season."


    Paul G: "Joe Chalmers is a left back, played instead of Izaguirre a couple times this season." The plot thickens. Maybe Chalmers' arrival could, after all, be in preparation for the departure of Stephen Kingsley, who has been the subject of a failed bid from Swansea City. Will the Welsh club make a renewed bid before tonight's deadline?

  111. 18:34: 

    In: Adam Rooney, forward (Oldham Athletic). Loan: Alan Tate, defender (Swansea City); Shaleum Logan, defender (Brentford)

    Out: Gregg Wylde, midfielder (St Mirren); Scott Ferries, midfielder (Ross County) Chris Clark, midfielder; Craig Duguid, defender. Loan ended: Michael Hector, defender (Reading). Loan: Josh Magennis, forward (St Mirren); Lawrence Shankland, forward (Dunfermline Athletic); Stephen O'Neill, midfielder (East Fife); Jamie Masson, midfielder (Elgin City); Danny Rogers, goalkeeper (Airdrieonians).

  112. 18:41: 

    In: Stefan Johansen, midfielder (Stromgodset, £2m); Holmbert Aron Fridjonsson (Fram Reykjavic, £100,000)

    Out: Mo Bangura, forward. Loan: Tom Rogic, midfielder (Melbourne Victory); Dylan McGeough, midfielder (Coventry City); Bahrudin Atajic, forward (Shrewsbury Town); Joe Chalmers, defender (Falkirk); Stuart Findlay, defender (Morton); Paul George, midfielder (Hamilton Academical); Mikey Miller, defender (Dumbarton)

  113. 18:43: 

    In: Loan: Farid El Alagui, forward (Brentford); Curtis Good, defender (Newcastle United)

    Out: Ross Smith, defender (Peterhead). Loan: Chris Erskine, midfielder (Partick Thistle); Ross Gilmour, defender (Airdrieonians); Joe McGovern, goalkeeper (Clyde). Loan ended: David Goodwillie, forward (Blackburn Rovers)

  114. 18:46: 

    In: Loan: Paul McCallum, forward (West Ham United)

    Out: Adam King, midfielder (Swansea City, £175,000); Alan Combe, goalkeeper (remains as coach)

  115. 18:47: 

    In: Loan: Daniel Boateng, defender (Arsenal); Duncan Watmore, midfielder (Sunderland); Danny Haynes, forward (Notts County)

    Out: Fraser Mullen, defender (Raith Rovers). Loan: Ross Caldwell, forward (Alloa Athletic); David Gold (Cowdenbeath)

  116. 18:51: 

    In: Greg Tansey, midfielder (Stevenage)

    Out: Curtis Allen, forward (Glentoran); Torbjorn Agdestein, forward

  117. 18:54: 

    In: Alexie Eremenko, midfielder (Kairat Almaty). Loan: David Moberg Karlsson, forward (Sunderland); Vitalijs Maksimenko, defender (Brighton)

    Out: Gabriel Reuben, midfielder (Waasland-Beveren); Rabiu Ibrahim, midfielder; Kyle Jacobs, midfielder (Livingston); Mark Stewart, forward (Derry City); Gary Fisher, midfielder (East Fife); David Silva, midfielder; Caiomhin Bonner, defender. Loan: James Fowler, midfielder (Cowdenbeath); Jude Winchester, midfielder (Cliftonville)

  118. 18:58: 

    In: Henri Anier, forward (Viking Stavanger, loan to permanent). Loan: Lionel Ainsworth, midfielder (Rotherham United)

    Out: Loan: Bob McHugh, forward (Queen of the South); Adam Cummins, defender (Dundee). Loan ended: Dan Twardzik, goalkeeper (Dundee)

  119. 19:01: 

    In: Lee Mair, defender (St Mirren); Gary Fraser, midfielder (Bolton Wanderers, loan to permanent). Loan: Lyle Taylor, forward (Sheffield United); Prince Buaben, midfielder (Carlisle United); George Moncur, midfielder (West Ham United); Chris Erskine, midfielder (Dundee United)

    Out: John Baird, forward (Raith Rovers); Hugh Murray, midfielder (Dumbarton); Mark McGuigan, forward (Albion Rovers); Mark Kerr, midfielder; Ross Forbes, midfielder (Dunfermline Athletic).

  120. 19:03: 

    In: Erik Cikos, defender (Slovan Bratislava); Yoann Arquin, forward (Notts County); Evangelos Ikonomou, defender (Veria); Scott Ferries, midfielder (Aberdeen). Loan: Filip Kiss, midfielder (Cardiff City); Michael Tidser, midfielder (Rotherham United); Yann Songo'o, defender (Blackburn Rovers); Jordan Slew, forward (Blackburn Rovers)

    Out: Mihael Kovacevic, defender; Branislav Micic, defender. Loan ended: Orhan Mustafi, forward (Grasshoppers). Loan: Steven Ross, midfielder (Brora Rangers)

  121. 19:08: 

    In: Chris Iwelumo, forward (Scunthorpe United); Wayde Joyce, midfielder (Barnsley); Michael O'Halloran, forward (Bolton Wanderers); Fisayo Adarabioyo, midfielder (Birmingham City). Loan: James Dunne, midfielder (Stevenage); Mark Davies, midfielder (Nottingham Forrest)

    Out: David Robertson, defender (Morton); Rory Fallon, forward; Sanel Jahic, defender. Loan return: Gwion Edwards, midfielder (Swansea City). Loan: Chris Kane, forward (Dumbarton)

  122. 19:11: 

    In: Gregg Wylde, midfielder (Aberdeen). Loan: Adam Campbell, forward (Newcastle United); Josh Magennis, forward (Aberdeen)

    Out: Lee Mair, defender (Partick Thistle); Danny Grainger, defender (Dunfermline Athletic); David Barron, defender. Loan: Gary Harkins, midfielder (Oldham Athletic)

  123. 19:15: 

    So, we've rounding up what has happened so far. Less than four hours to go and I will pass you to my colleague, Keir Murray, for the remainder of the evening. Hopefully there will be some excitement to come. Celtic fans in particular will be waiting for news of Leigh Griffiths and Joe Ledley.

  124. 19:19: 

    Thanks, Clive. I'll attempt to keep you all up to date with the moves - transfer, not dance - until 23:00 GMT.

  125. 19:21: 

    We can make the time fly by with some of your wonderful football patter so, if you feel inclined, it would be great to hear from you. You can get in touch on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportscot or by sending a text to 80295. Thanks!

  126. 19:24: 

    Duncan asks: "Any truth in Motherwell signing Matthew Briggs on loan from Fulham? #bbcsportscot"

  127. 19:27: 

    Well, Duncan, the answer is "no". Motherwell say they don't plan to be doing any business this evening.

  128. 19:39: 

    Anthony Marshall: "#bbcsportscot Any more movement from Dundee FC anticipated tonight? #hopeful"

    Scot Elliot: "Is the rumour true about Dean Shiels to Hibs #bbcsportscot"

  129. 19:41: 

    Celtic announce that Leigh Griffiths has signed a four-year deal. A media conference has been called at Celtic Park at 20:15 GMT...

  130. 19:43: 

    So, there we have it. Amidst all the rumour and speculation, an actual signing. Leigh Griffiths tells the Celtic website: "I'm over the moon. It's been a long time coming. Ever since I heard Celtic were interested there was only one place I wanted to play and I'm just glad it's done now.

    "It was the middle of December and my agent gave me a phone and said Celtic could be interested in January and I have just been counting down the days.

    "Unfortunately, it's taken to the last day but I'm just glad that it's been done now and I can't wait to get started.

    "We are the Scottish champions to begin with, and this is a massive club with a massive fan base and a massive stadium. I have watched the Champions League nights on the TV and there is no better place to play. This is where I want to be.

    "I was just really keen. I know what it takes to become a Celtic player."

  131. 19:46: 

    Leigh Griffiths adds: "My message to the fans is that I'm looking forward to playing and scoring goals and winning things here."

  132. 19:54: 

    My colleague is hurriedly gathering her jacket and equipment to head over to the east end of Glasgow now. Why, she has 19 minutes to get to Celtic Park. We'll bring you the latest from Griffiths as soon as we have it.

  133. 20:08: 

    Anonymous: "I wish Danny Lennon would get a move on. St Mirren support are looking for a centre half brought in to bolster that defence."

    Bob in Wales: "Are Dundee United signing anyone else this evening?"

  134. 20:11: 

    Mark Kelly: "#bbcsportscot Any transfer news coming from Cappielow? Also heard a rumour that Rudi Skacel joining the Ton till the end of the season."

  135. 20:24: 

    Now here's a wee rumour that's (still) flying around East Lothian... A loan move for Scott McDonald from Millwall to Hibs? Anyone seen the Australian hitman in a cafe in Gullane, or closer to Leith?

  136. 20:28: 

    Also, we're hearing a rumour that Carlisle United are keen to have former Hibs striker Derek Riordan at their club. However, there's no rush for that one since Riordan is unattached. And for all the hot air about Rudi Skacel signing for a whole lot of Scottish clubs, possibly even at once, he can sign at any time because he is A Footballer Without A Club.

  137. 20:32: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon tells BBC Radio 5Live: "I've known Leigh for a while. He had a brilliant season last year with Hibs. He scored 29 goals. I think he is the leading goalscorer at Wolves. We've been looking for a penalty box player and Leigh fits the bill. We think he is value for money and at 23 we think he'll get better. He knows the environment here in Scotland as well. It's up to me to develop him into a more rounded striker."

  138. 20:35: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon continued: "Strikers are at a premium and in today's climate it is really difficult for us to compete with Premier League money. We tried to get a player in from Turkey. He had a £3m clause in his contract. We agreed that but we couldn't get the deal done at the other end, it just became very complicated. We won't be doing any more business before 11 o'clock."

  139. 20:38: 

    The baiting of Hearts by rivals continues. Crooksy in Warrington has sent a text to 80295: "Hearts tealady has just retired. Gary Locke asking SPFL for dispensation to bring in a forward as a replacement. #clubwithnoshame." That goes down as a low blow, Crooksy!

  140. 20:39: 

    Cameron: "#bbcsportscot Aberdeen are always so quiet on deadline day. zzz"

  141. 20:44: 
    Leigh Griffiths Striker Leigh Griffiths signs a fan's jersey as he arrives at Celtic Park to complete his move from Wolves
  142. 20:48: 

    Scotland international striker Ross McCormack, who was the subject of a failed bid by West Ham earlier this month, has given his reaction to the news that his manager at Leeds United, Brian McDermott, has been sacked.

    He told Sky Sports: "I'm absolutely gutted because I had a really good relationship with the manager.

    "I was looking forward to helping the club move forward under Brian McDermott and he made me captain. I'm very happy and content at the club but a big part of that was Brian McDermott.

    "If I'd known that this was going to happen, I'd have had a right decision to make. I think he was a bit surprised in terms of how quick it happened, I think he always had an inkling.

    "Me, speaking on behalf of all the players, would like to thank the gaffer for all his efforts and wish him well for the future."

  143. 20:59: 

    We'll have some words from Leigh Griffiths as soon as possible...

  144. 21:07: 

    Ross County have secured the transfer of 17-year-old midfielder Scott Ferries from Scottish Premiership rivals Aberdeen.

  145. 21:09: 

    New Celtic signing Leigh Griffiths will not be registered in time to face St Mirren on Sunday. Far more remarkable news is that a fan at Celtic Park handed Griffiths his dog to hold so that he could take a photo of the new player posing with his pooch. I wonder if the dog is called Hoopy?

  146. 21:14: 

    I'm now listening to the audio from the Leigh Griffiths media conference, thanks to the estimable and fleet-footed Eilidh Barbour, who, fresh from an 11-mile run this morning, dashed to Celtic Park to hear the new signing speak. Quotes coming right up...from Griffiths, not Barbour.

  147. 21:17: 

    Leigh Griffiths: "I'm delighted it's finally done. I can't wait to get started tomorrow at training. I think it was the middle of December that I first heard there was interest. The chance to come to Celtic is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and you've got to grab it with both hands. I've left a very good club down at Wolves but I'm coming to the biggest club in Scotland and a chance like that you can't turn down. The gaffer knows what I can do. Hopefully I can add goals. We've got good strikers here but hopefully I can get into the team and stay there."

  148. 21:21: 

    Leigh Griffiths continued: "(I've come here) To win things, play in the Champions League, hopefully, and get better as a player.

    (On being asked if he feels he has something to prove on a bigger stage) "I've only played a handful of games for Scotland and I don't think I've done myself justice so far but there is no bigger place to play than the Champions League and hopefully in six months' time I'll be doing that. It's up to me to show the fans what I can do. It's down to me and get my head down and work hard. I've not got off to the best of starts with some Celtic fans [some supporters on Twitter were less than excited about his arrival] but hopefully I can win them over."

  149. 21:26: 

    Leigh Griffiths continued: "I've got 13 goals so far this season. The first time I spoke to Neil was this morning at the training ground. He was very easy to talk to. He told me what he wanted from me and I told him what I would bring to the team. If it wasn't Hibs I was to come to it would only be Celtic. I'll still be a Hibee as long as I live. It will be good to go back there to play against them but to play for Celtic is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't turn down."

  150. 21:33: 
    Leigh Griffiths After a busy day visiting Celtic's training ground, having a medical and finally completing the deal at Celtic Park, Leigh Griffiths poses in his new team's colours
  151. 21:39: 

    Andrew, Richhill: "Leigh Griffiths will be a success at Celtic, no two ways about it. I can see him and Kris Commons forming a deadly partnership up-front."

    Nico: "Re: Cameron 20:39, Aberdeen are always quiet on deadline day. Very much like Pittodrie on matchday!" Keep it civil!

    Kaiser, Penicuik: "I'm hearing the name Fraser Hart being batted around Easter Road as the Hibs board try to end their fans' long long wait for silverware." Ah, the banter. I see what you did there, Kaiser!

  152. 21:40: 

    Andrew Priestley: "Leigh Griffiths will be a very good signing. He scores goals wherever he goes, and he'll get plenty of service at Celtic. #bbcsportscot"

  153. 21:45: 

    Sebastian Usai, a 23-year-old Australian goalkeeper who spent two seasons with Blackburn Rovers, has signed for Cowdenbeath after leaving Swedish club AFC United. As mentioned earlier, former Aberdeen midfielder Sammy Stewart has also joined Jimmy Nicholl's outfit from Northern Irish club Ambassadors.

  154. 21:48: 

    Here's a name Celtic fans may remember from last summer - Lee Tomlin. Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has confirmed on Twitter that three different clubs have bid for the forward today.

    The 25-year-old wants to eave for a bigger club. Posh are desperate to keep him, but director of football Barry Fry is in his office at London Road, just in case their valuation is met. Safe to say he won't be coming to Celtic now.

  155. 21:51: 

    Tom Watson: "#bbcsportscot Griffiths got a rough time from the fans wen he started at hibs. It just made him all the more determined. An asset 2 any team."

    Anthony Marshall: "Leigh Griffiths is the type of player that will do well at Celtic. He was excellent when he was with us at Dundee. #bbcsportscot"

    SpiritOfTheForrest: "It hurts seeing Leigh Griffiths signing for Celtic... It wrecks all memories from last two seasons... #bbcsportscot"

  156. 21:54: 

    French midfielder Florian Moulet has joined Airdrieonians after the 21-year-old exited 2012 Marseille.

    Falkirk have brought in 19-year-old Scotland Under-21 striker Mark Beck on loan from Carlisle United.

  157. 22:01: 

    Falkirk are expected to receive a fee somewhere in the region of £200,000 for Jay Fulton although that could rise with add-ons.

    Fulton, son of former Celtic player Stevie, is the second young Scottish midfielder to join Swansea this week after Adam King joined from Hearts for £150,000.

    The 19-year-old told the Swansea website: "Swansea's style of play has been well documented in the last few years, and the club has done very well playing that way.

    "I know the style here really suits me. I like to be on the ball and pass it about. And I know I will be stepping straight into the under-21s set up, but I see it as an avenue to the first team.

    "I loved my time at Falkirk. I'm very thankful to them for giving me the opportunity of playing first-team football at such a young age.

    "They gave me a chance to experience senior football and show what I am capable of. So I am very appreciative for that."

  158. 22:02: 

    Former Hearts and Shamrock Rovers defender Craig Sives, who also had loan spells with Partick Thistle, Dundee and Queen of the South, has joined Livingston after the 27-year-old left Australian outfit Hume City. Meanwhile, fellow defender Curtis Jones has left Livi to join Welsh outfit TNS after an injury-hit time with the Scottish Championship side since arriving from Bristol City in the summer.

  159. 22:05: 

    Neil Forsyth: "Anything in the rumour of Walter Rojas in as Dundee United strikers coach? #bbcsportscot" Ouch!

    Meiks: "What am I reading from Celtic fans on #bbcsportscot ? Griffiths is a poor replacement for Hooper, & is likely to make no impact in the UCL"

  160. 22:08: 

    Here's a wee round-up of some low-key loan moves. Celtic defender Micky Miller has joined Dumbarton, Partick Thistle defender Liam Lindsay has signed for Alloa Athletic, striker Calum Ferguson has switched from Inverness Caledonian Thistle to Montrose, while striker Leighton McIntosh has joined Arbroath from Dundee.

  161. 22:11: 

    With a measly 49 minutes to go until the window closes (or, in football parlance, slams shut), how many agents have sweaty palms? How many club doctors are being leaned on to rush through a medical? Are club chauffeurs being urged to break the speed limit as they whisk players around towns and cities? My, the tension!

  162. 22:16: 

    Scot Elliot: "Is that everything done at Hibs or are we getting a big name?" My colleague Brian McLauchlin tweeted confidently six hours ago that Hibs were done for the night. He said he'd keep in touch and so far he hasn't called with his tail between his legs. Looks like he's right again...

  163. 22:29: 

    Anthony Marshall: "Underwhelmed with Dundee's transfer activity but will give the new players my backing. Feel we needed to bring more in. #bbcsportscot"

    Matthew Henderson: "#bbcsportscot what's happening at St Mirren tonight all these defenders leaving and not one being replaced." Hmm, Lee Mair, Danny Grainger and David Barron all out the door... Maybe the Buddies are going for all-out attack? They'll pack St Mirren Park out every week!

  164. 22:39: 

    Ah, some news for Morton fans coming up...

  165. 22:40: 

    The former Hibs striker Rowan Vine has wasted no time in finding a new club - he has signed for Kenny Shiels at Cappielow for the remainder of the season as the Ton try to claw their way off the foot of the Scottish Championship.

  166. 22:42: 

    OK, 18 minutes and counting...

  167. 22:45: 

    Now, are we going to hear that Welsh midfielder Joe Ledley has rushed through a move to Crystal Palace or will he stay put at Celtic?

  168. 22:52: 

    It seems Hibs and Rowan Vine both agreed the best thing was for him to move on. He left Easter Road by mutual consent. Have you ever left a job by mutual consent or is that one of those phrases that's only ever used in football?

  169. 22:53: 

    Andrew in Richhill has been hit by hysteria: "Lionel Messi has just been spotted in the queue at the Fish and Chip van outside East End Park. The word on the street is that he wants to finally dispel the myth that he couldn't do it on a wet and windy night in Dunfermline."

  170. 22:59: 

    We're officially into last-minute deal territory...

  171. 23:00: 

    And lo, the transfer window closed... What deals have been done in the last few minutes that we haven't yet heard about?

  172. 23:02: 

    The big one we don't know about is Joe Ledley's position. Has he joined Crystal Palace?

  173. 23:11: 

    We're hearing from the Celtic end that Joe Ledley's future depends on whether Crystal Palace managed to get the paperwork processed before the transfer deadline came and went. There will be a few nails being chewed at Celtic Park and Selhurst Park, not to mention the poor Welsh midfielder himself.

  174. 23:15: 

    Crystal Palace have apparently told local radio down in London that the deal for Joe Ledley's transfer from Celtic has been done. However, we await official confirmation.

  175. 23:29: 

    We have had it confirmed that Joe Ledley's transfer from Celtic to Crystal Palace has gone through!

  176. 23:30: 

    There will no doubt be a huge sigh of relief from those at Celtic Park that Joe Ledley's switch to Crystal Palace was completed minutes before the transfer window closed. There's no confirmation of the fee involved, although some unofficial sources are suggesting something around £700,000. Whatever Celtic received, manager Neil Lennon had made it clear that he did not want to lose the Wales midfielder in the summer, when he would have been out of contract, for nothing.

  177. 23:37: 

    Joe Ledley has been given the chance he wanted in the English top flight. However, how long will it last? Can he and Palace's other new signings save them from relegation? Celtic, meanwhile, have been unable to shift their other player who had rejected a contract extension, Greece striker Georgios Samaras, with reported links with the likes of Marseille and Trabzonspor coming to nothing.

  178. 23:41: 

    Crystal Palace have confirmed that Joe Ledley has signed a three-and-a-half year contract after leaving Celtic. Meanwhile, there is more Scottish interest at Selhurst Park, with striker Stephen Dobbie returning on loan to Barry Ferguson's Blackpool in a swap deal for winger Tom Ince.

  179. 23:44: 

    So that brings to a conclusion our coverage of what has been a more lively transfer deadline day than we have had for some time in Scotland. With most deals being done early in the day, Celtic were the ones who kept us waiting for news of Leigh Griffiths and Joe Ledley. Griffiths' move to Celtic from Wolves became the second biggest transfer of January after Norway midfielder Stefan Johansen's £2m switch to the Scottish champions from Stromsgodset. It all went quiet after that and there were a few nerves being shed down the east end of Glasgow until Ledley's switch to Crystal Palace also became the highest-value exit from Scotland during January.

  180. 23:53: 

    Join us again tomorrow and on Sunday for coverage of the weekend's Scottish football fixtures, when there are not only Premiership fixtures but the two League Cup semi-finals.

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