Transfer deadline day 2018: Scottish clubs ready for summer window closure

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With English football having made a Brexit-style withdrawal from the united European transfer deadline, Scottish clubs have a chance to hog the UK headlines before the window shuts on Friday.

Managers have until midnight to reshape their squads - three weeks longer than their Premier League and Football League counterparts, who closed for business before their season started.

Despite that, Scottish clubs can still sign talent from England and further afield, albeit those continental clubs can also still attempt to lure players from these shores.

But as time begins to run out, BBC Scotland looks at the moves that might happen and those that already have, and gives you the chance to test your transfer window knowledge.

What moves are we expecting?

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos
Rangers do not want to wave goodbye to striker Alfredo Morelos

Celtic may well be done, having finalised a loan move for Leicester City defender Filip Benkovic and confirmed a permanent deal for former Kilmarnock midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu.

Boss Brendan Rodgers is confident of retaining striker Moussa Dembele after Celtic rejected a "significant" bid for the French Under-21 international.

There is also reportedly a French fancy for Alfredo Morelos and Rangers might be faced with their own dilemma over the Scottish Premiership's top scorer should links with Bordeaux prove founded. Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard said he was expecting a "late night", but the signing of Osijek's Eros Grezeda has now been confirmed, meaning further recruitment seem unlikely.

Aberdeen, Hearts, Livingston and St Mirren all done for the day barring any surprise late bids for their players, while Hibs are not expecting any more business.

Dundee and St Johnstone are also interested in Hearts' Ross Callachan, Motherwell are in the market for a winger, and any Livingston additions will be on loan.

And what of Celtic midfielders Ryan Christie, who was with Aberdeen last season, and Scott Allan, who was at Hibs? Will they head out on loan again with Rodgers saying this week that his squad is too big.

What effect has the English window closing early had?

BBC Scotland pundit Allan Preston

English clubs were not going to let players go until the English window was closed in case they were left short. But, since then, Scottish clubs have been able to go and ask for loan players.

We've seen it in the past few days - Hearts have got Jimmy Dunne from Burnley and Demetri Mitchell from Manchester United, Kilmarnock have got Greg Stewart from Birmingham, and St Johnstone have got Tristan Nydam from Ipswich - and there will be more in the next couple of days.

It also means that, instead of panicking on the final day and taking someone you don't really know, you have three weeks to do your work to make sure you get the players that you want.


What's going on at Celtic & Rangers?

BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin

To say this has been a tricky transfer window for Celtic would be an understatement. It started with Brendan Rodgers saying he expected to strengthen by adding three of four new faces and will finish with the club scrambling to give him his wish.

The club lost out on long-term target John McGinn; Dedryck Boyata opted not to play in Athens as his side missed out on the Champions League qualifying; and throw in the possibility Dembele leaving and you have the perfect storm of summer transfer mayhem.

BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont

Gerrard would probably have been happy just to bring in one central defender, but Jamie Murphy's season-ending injury has prompted the deal to sign Grezda.

That will bring the total of inbound players at Ibrox to 14 after Rangers clinched the loan signing of Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall.

What deals have been done?

Celtic have provided the most expensive export out of the Premiership, with Scotland midfielder Stuart Armstrong joining Southampton for £7m.

However, they paid a couple of million more to make Odsonne Edouard their record signing after the French striker's successful loan spell from Paris St-Germain last term. They also added Mulumbu and Benkovic on Friday.

Across the city at Rangers, significant fees have been paid for six of their 14 summer signings.

Grezda and Worrall were both confirmed on Friday, joining the likes of Connor Goldson and Jamie Murphy from Brighton & Hove Albion, Kyle Lafferty from Hearts, and Borna Barisic, who- like Grezda - arrived from Osijek.

Hibs provided the other big-money export to England, with McGinn being sold to Aston Villa for a reported £2.75m. Dylan McGeouch also left for Sunderland on a free transfer.

But the Easter Road club recruited Stevie Mallan from Barnsley and Daryl Horgan from Preston North End, while striker Florian Kamberi's switch from Grasshopper Zurich was made permanent. Jamie Maclaren also returned on loan from Darmstadt.

Midfielder Ryan Edwards has left Hearts to join St Mirren on loan despite having only arrived from Partick Thistle this summer.

And the lure of the cash-rich English game took striker Adam Rooney from Aberdeen to Salford City in the National League. But the Pittodrie side themselves raided Hamilton for midfielder Lewis Ferguson.

Can you identify these Scottish summer transfers?

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