Scottish football transfer news: Celtic eye international striker, Rangers target 26-goal forward duo, ex-Hibs boss wants Dundee job, Celtic’s £28.5m signing plans, Colt -Teams doubt

Additionally, five teams will be preparing for a European campaign in the first two weeks of the new league campaign.

It means it will be important to do business early in the transfer window.

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Here are the latest headlines, news and transfer speculation surrounding the SPFL:

19-goal striker on Celtic’s radar

Celtic are looking to sign Ferencváros star Ryan Mmaee after an impressive season in which he helped the Hungarian giants to a double. The 24-year-old Moroccan international has scored 19 goals in all competitions, including 13 in 21 league games. Mmaee had a strong goal record before arriving in Cyprus and was under Celtic supervision ahead of this summer’s window. (daily record)

Colts teams in the Lowland League doubt

Colts teams’ involvement in next season’s Lowland League could collapse. Celtic, Rangers and Hearts have all applied to join the league, but clubs in the division voted against increasing the number of teams to allow all three B-teams to participate. A decision on which two teams will participate is expected to be made early next month. However, in a twist, Premiership sides could issue an ultimatum to take all three clubs or none at all. (Daily Mail)

All the latest headlines, news and transfer speculation about the SPFL. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)

Colombian ace linked with Rangers

Rangers have reportedly been in contact with Russian Premier League club Sochi over a transfer of Colombian striker Mateo Cassierra. The 25-year-old has had an impressive season, scoring 14 goals in 22 league games after joining the club from Portuguese side Belenenses. He is a player said to be familiar with Giovanni van Bronckhorst having played for Ajax and FC Groningen in the Netherlands. (Sport24)

The Ibrox club have also been linked with a move for Bolton Wanderers attacker Dapo Afolayan. The 24-year-old, who can play a variety of forward roles but mostly plays as a left winger, scored 12 goals in the league last season. Cardiff City and Fulham are also said to be interested. (Scottish sun)

Manchester City duo interested in Celtic

Celtic are keeping an eye on two Manchester City players ahead of the opening of the transfer window. Ko Itakura was heavily linked with a move to Glasgow on loan last summer but eventually joined German giants Schalke and helped the club win Bundesliga 2. They have the option to buy the Japan international, who can play in defense or midfield but might not up the £6million fee. Meanwhile, Taylor Harwood-Bellis is a defender under consideration after a loan spell at Stoke City. Celtic have close ties to the City Group. (Sky Sports)

Rooney leaves St Johnstone

Scott Brown made his move into the SPFL by completing the signing of Shaun Rooney for Fleetwood Town. St Johnstone confirmed his full-back would leave at the end of his contract after helping keep Saints in the top flight by one goal in both games of the Premiership play-off final. Scott Brown said of his new signing: “He will bring us a lot of quality defensively and up front. Shaun can play in different positions and is a great addition to the squad.” (Various)

Maloney wants to take Den’s Park job

Shaun Maloney is the front runner on the road to Dundee’s new boss after Jack Ross stopped fighting for job offers he could consider elsewhere. Maloney, who played for Dundee’s director of football Gordon Strachan at Celtic and Scotland, was sacked as Hibs boss earlier in the campaign after a string of poor results. Maloney would be tasked with bringing Dundee back into the Premiership after being relegated. (The Scot)

£28.5m Celtic investment

Celtic are expected to invest £18.5m in three players, while £10m is earmarked for signing two key positions. Daizen Maeda’s loan became permanent for £2million, while Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota will follow for fees of £6million that could potentially rise to £10million and £6.5million respectively. Ange Postecoglou is also looking to add a ball winner in midfield and a right attacker to his squad. (The Scot)

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