Scottish Football Transfer News: EPL sides battle for Celtic star, Hearts close to signing, new deal for Rangers ace, Aberdeen to avoid ‘lazy recruitment’

The winner of this game, rescheduled following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, meets Wales in Cardiff on Sunday.

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

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EPL teams compete for Celtic Starlet

A trio of English Premier League clubs are keen on highly-rated Celtic teenager Rory Mahady. The goalkeeper is approaching his 16th birthday when he can sign his first professional contract. Celtic are keen to keep him but face stiff competition as Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur join Leeds United in their pursuit of the Scotland Under-17 star. (daily record)

Aberdeen are trying to avoid “lazy recruiting” as they look to broaden their recruiting horizons. Jim Goodwin spoke of a club the size of Aberdeen needing a director of football, a recruiter and a ‘scouting army’. He said: “It’s very easy to sign players from teams you play against in your own league. I’m not saying we won’t because sometimes it’s worth it. But we have to be ready to go to Europe and South America. Ireland was great for me too at St Mirren – there’s no doubt about that.” (RedTV)

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Scotland have suffered a setback ahead of their crucial World Cup play-off against Ukraine after it was revealed Nathan Patterson will miss the game at Hampden Park. The Everton star “was a little short of time for the first game,” said Steve Clarke. Patterson underwent surgery for an ankle injury earlier this season. However, he could return for the Wales game if Scotland wins. (Various)

Former Hibs and Rangers star Kevin Thomson will be fairly Kelty Hearts effective immediately. He led the Fife side to the League Two title in his debut season after taking over from Barry Ferguson. He has been touted as a possible next manager at both Raith Rovers and Dundee. (daily record)

Celtic could yet sign Japanese utility man Ko Itakura. He spent last season on loan at German record champions Schalke 04. However, the German second division champions had until midnight on May 31 to sign Itakura on a permanent basis. After a successful stint in Germany, he was linked with a move to Parkhead. (Various)

Forrest approaches Hearts Switch

Hearts are on the verge of signing Livingston star Alan Forrest. The winger is out of contract this summer and the Edinburgh club have faced competition from Dundee United but following an improved offer, Forrest will decide whether Edinburgh is his future. (daily record)

Steven Davis has signed a contract to extend his stay with Rangers for another year. The 37-year-old was in the final days of his contract and had been linked with Premiership rivals Motherwell and St Mirren. He said on signing his new contract: “Growing up as a Rangers fan there was always a special tug on the jersey and I’ve been very fortunate to do that as much as I have and quite a few of them to have the memories I had.” (Various)

Celtic are looking for a key date in their recruitment squad. An ad was posted as “First Team Analyst” with responsibilities that include opponent analysis, set-play analysis and individual technical analysis. According to the ad, “This will require working closely with Lennoxtown’s analytics and backroom team to meet all of their analytics and coaching needs.”jobs in football)

Gunners increase interest in Hickey

Arsenal have stepped up their efforts to sign Aaron Hickey. The Scottish star has had an impressive season for Bologna with interest from across Europe. The Gunners are looking to step up after missing out on the Champions League. A fee of £21.25 has been touted, with Hearts set to receive a resale clause. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

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