Players have been and will be joining Steve Clarke at the Oriam in preparation for the clash which could see Scotland do without three key starters in Kieran Tierney, Billy Gilmour and Nathan Patterson.
Domestically, it’s all about rest and relaxation and the transfer market.
Here are the latest headlines, news and transfer speculation surrounding the SPFL:
Hearts starlet signs new deal
Robbie Neilson has revealed that Connor Smith is close to signing a contract extension to remain at Hearts. A deal was agreed for the midfielder, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Queen’s Park this season, which helped them win promotion to the Championship. Neilson said: “I still think he might need another higher-level loan again but he will return with the first-team squad for pre-season.”evening news)
Rangers star Steven Davis is expected to sign a contract extension that will keep him at Ibrox for another season. Both St Mirren and Motherwell have reportedly sniffed at the Northern Ireland international. Davis has had positive talks with the club and the next step is to strike a new deal. (daily record)
Ylber Ramadani could be one of the first to arrive in Aberdeen. The Albania international has reportedly reached an agreement with the Dons and will join from Hungarian club MTK Budapest. The German-born defensive midfielder has 17 caps for Albania, playing in Denmark, Albania and Kosovo. (super athlete)
Jamie McAllister is set to join Lee Johnson at Hibs after agreeing terms with the Easter Road Club. The former Hearts defender was Johnson’s assistant at Sunderland and the pair had played at Tynecastle Park and Bristol City. The new Hibs boss has already been dealing with additions and McAllister will form part of his backrrom team which will also include David Gray. (daily record)
Former England goalkeeper to Ibrox?
Rangers are considering a move for goalkeeper Jack Butland. The nine-time England international is at Crystal Palace but played as a substitute for Vicente Guaita. Bournemouth are also reportedly keen, but the prospect of first-team football is likely to appeal to the former Stoke City and Birmingham City goalkeeper, who was seen as England’s future No 1 at one point in his career. (Scottish sun)
Aberdeen’s transfer fund could be boosted by an extra £1m after Nottingham Forest’s promotion to the Premier League. As part of the deal that brought Scott McKenna to the City Ground, the Dons had a clause for a bonus if he won promotion from the championship. (The Scot)
Nathan Patterson is on course to be fit for Scotland’s clash with Ukraine. The right-back has been out since March with an ankle injury that required surgery. Scotland manager Steven Naismith said: “Nathan has a chance because he was on the pitch. The next two days will be more important for him to see exactly where he is.” (The Scot)
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