Scottish football transfer news: Rangers sign Aberdeen starlet ahead of English giants ‘stay’ Celtic target, Don’s £1m ‘windfall’, Hearts ready for big summer plans

There may be just 180 minutes of football between Steve Clarke’s men and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

At national level, work on the transfer front continues in the background as clubs go on holiday.

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Here’s the latest headlines, news and transfer speculation surrounding the SPFL and Scottish football:

Aberdeen could land £1million if Nottingham Forest win promotion to the Premier League. Steve Cooper’s men face Huddersfield Town in Sunday’s Championship play-off final and for Don’s ace, Scott McKenna is a key man for the team. As part of the deal that saw him join City Ground, one of the clauses was a £1million bonus if he helped the team win promotion. (Scottish sun)

Decision on Rangers trio

Rangers legend Barry Ferguson believes his former club must make a big decision about the future of three key players. Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo and Alfredo Morelos are entering the final year of their contracts and Ferguson says the Ibrox club should make sure nobody follows the lead of Connor Goldson, who will be leaving when his contract expires. He said: “I think Rangers aren’t going to make the same mistake when guys like that go into seniority. They’re going to say to them, ‘Okay, do you want to be here?’ and if not, the Rangers will have to deal with dumping.” (Go on the radio)

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The Celtic destination is likely to remain

Ferencvaros is confident of sticking with striker Ryan Mmaee despite alleged Celtic interest. The Moroccan international is currently injured and missing the end of a very good season on a personal and collective level as he helped the Hungarian giants to the league and cup double. Club boss Tamas Hajnal said: “At the moment I can’t report anything concrete. Ryan is recovering from his injury anyway and I’m sure he will stay with us this summer.” (NS)

Aberdeen Starlet set for Ibrox

Rangers will sign one of Aberdeen’s most promising youngsters. The Ibrox club are said to have won the race for Lancelot Pollard ahead of Manchester United and Liverpool. Pollard has emerged for the Dons U18s and will cost an alleged six-figure fee in compensation. (Scottish sun)

United focused on youth development and sales

Dundee United boss Mark Ogren has admitted the club needs to be a “selling club”. The Tannadice side under Tam Courts have done very well in giving playing time to young players from the academy. He said: “We rely on player sales to make money. The academy is the lifeblood of the club. We had 16 academy players this year, which is a massive amount. It’s great that we have a lot of great young players getting playing time. That’s what we’ve invested in.” (daily record)

Stewart faces a big decision

Sunderland could reward Ross Stewart with a new contract after releasing the club to the Championship to “protect” themselves from interested suitors. Rangers are understood to be interested in the former Ross County forward. He scored 26 goals in 49 league and play-off games and was called up for Scotland. Sunderland sporting director Kristjaan Speakman said: “Ross has had an incredible season so for us we always try to protect those players who have performed so well and of course you want to try to reward players.”timeline)

Hearts will invest in a number of signings ahead of next season in a bid to become “a big club in Europe”. The Tynecastle Park side will be looking to finish in the top three again and contest a European campaign that will last at least eight games. Between eight and ten players are expected to be signed. Chairwoman Ann Budge said: “Now we can focus on the top priority, which is how we are helping the men’s and women’s first teams to be truly successful and reach heights that we haven’t reached in a long time.”The Scot)

Ex-Manchester City starlet interested Rangers

Rangers are reportedly one of several clubs chasing Cameron Humphreys. The former Manchester City star has spent the last three seasons with Belgian top flight club Zulte Waregem and on loan in the Netherlands. In the last two seasons, the centre-back has become a first-team regular in the Jupiler Pro League. Now without a contract, he is said to be attracting interest from Rangers, as well as Bournemouth, Stoke City and Sheffield United. (Daily Mail)

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