Ramsey’s Rangers move caps off dramatic January window

Rangers pulled off a stunning deadline day coup with Aaron Ramsey joining on loan as Celtic completed their transfer business early in the window.

The Wales midfielder has joined up with Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side until the end of the season just as it looked like it was set to be a quiet window for the Ibrox club.

Ramsey, who was Rangers’ second deadline day arrival after full-back Mateusz Zukowski arrival from Lechia Gdansk, will help the Scottish Premiership leaders as they aim to beat Celtic in the title race.

Aaron Ramsey could make his Rangers debut at Celtic Park
Image: Aaron Ramsey could make his Rangers debut at Celtic Park

In contrast, Celtic’s business was completed early in the window with three players joining on January 1.

Hibernian and St Johnstone made the most signings while Ross County were the quietest with just two players in at Dingwall.

Here is a breakdown of all the transfer business in the Scottish Premiership, club by club…

Aberdeen

Manager Stephen Glass managed to hold onto Calvin Ramsay despite interest from a number of clubs, including Bologna.

Aberdeen also added to their squad with Vicente Besuijen joining from Dutch side Den Haag joining on a four-and-a-half-year deal, plus fellow midfielder Dante Polvara signing a two-and-a-half-year deal from American university club Georgetown Hoyas.

Celtic left-back Adam Montgomery also moved north to join on loan until the end of the season.

There were some departures from Pittodrie, however, with Ryan Hedges moving to Blackburn Rovers on a three-year deal for around £200,000.

Niall McGinn also said goodbye to Aberdeen after four-and-a-half years to join Scottish Premiership rivals Dundee.

Celtic's Adam Montgomery (left) and Liam Scales celebrate Celtic's Scottish League Cup quarter-final win over Raith at Parkhead
Image: Celtic’s Adam Montgomery has joined Aberdeen on loan

Ronnie Hernandez’s ill-fated spell in the north east ended as he made his stay at MLS side Atlanta United permanent.

Defender Jack Gurr also moved stateside to join Sacramento Republic.

Several players also departed on loan including Mark Gallagher (Cliftonville); Evan Towler (Elgin City) & Kevin Hanratty (Elgin City).

Celtic

Daizen Maeda and Reo Hatate joined Celtic on January 1
Image: Daizen Maeda and Reo Hatate joined Celtic on January 1

Manager Ange Postecoglou was straight to business when the window opened with Daizen Maeda, Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate joining from Japan’s J-League.

Midfielders Ideguchi and Hatate joined on four-and-a-half-year deals while Maeda is on loan until the end of the season when his deal will become permanent.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 20: New Celtic signing Matt O'Riley is unveiled during a photocall at Celtic Park, on January 20, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)
Image: Matt O’Riley has impressed at Celtic since joining from MK Dons

Matt O’Riley opted to join Celtic on a four-and-half year deal despite interest from elsewhere and has already made an impact with impressive performances against Hearts and Dundee United.

Another arrival was 18-year-old Johnny Kenny, who moved from Sligo Rovers on a five-year contract.

Celtic did not sell any players in this window but saw five head out on loan, including Ewan Henderson (Hibernian), Liam Shaw (Motherwell), Conor Hazard (HJK Helsinki), Adam Montgomery (Aberdeen) and Osaze Urhoghide (KV Oostende).

Dundee

James McPake moved to sign forward Niall McGinn from Aberdeen as he looks to keep Dundee in the Scottish Premiership following their promotion last summer.

Niall McGinn made the switch from Aberdeen to Dundee
Image: Niall McGinn made the switch from Aberdeen to Dundee

McGinn, who scored 71 goals across two spells at the Dons, made his debut two days after agreeing an 18-month deal at Dens Park.

Fellow striker Zak Rudden joined on deadline day after signing a pre-contract earlier in the month.

The 21-year-old has moved to Dundee on loan until the end of the season, at which point he will become a permanent signing, while the club also secured midfielder Jay Chapman following his exit from Inter Miami.

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A singing came with just an hour left of the transfer window with right-back Vontae Daley-Campbell joining on loan from Leicester City.

The Canada international, 28, spent the last six years in the MLS, playing 33 times for David Beckham’s Miami franchise after joining for their inaugural season in 2020.

Jason Cummings
Image: Jason Cummings negotiated his release from Dundee

Jason Cummings joined Australian club Central Coast Mariners after agreeing his release from Dundee while Alex Jakubiak joined Partick Thistle on loan.

Dundee United

Dundee United managed to land Tony Watt from Motherwell after the striker had already agreed a pre-contract at the beginning of the window.

Goalkeeper Carljohan Eriksson has joined as back up to number one Benjamin Siegrist after Trevor Carson moved to Morecambe on loan until the end of the season.

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Dundee United boss Thomas Courts outlines why the club made a move for Tony Watt ahead of his move from Motherwell

There was a loan signing for United on the final day of the window with young Arsenal midfielder Tim Akinola joining until the end of the season.

Manager Thomas Courts lost influential midfielder Jeando Fuchs to Peterborough United, Mark Reynolds joined Cove Rangers and promising young defender Kerr Smith was signed by Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa.

Louis Appere joined Northampton Town for an undisclosed fee.

Mark Connolly (Dundalk), Logan Chalmers (Inverness CT), Adam Hutchinson (Dumbarton), Darren Watson (East Fife) and Nathan Cooney (Brechin City) also left on loan.

Hearts

Robbie Neilson managed to strengthen his Hearts side as he looks to cement third in the Scottish Premiership and held onto one of his top players amid continued interest.

Nathaniel Atkinson's joined Hearts on a three-and-a-half year deal
Image: Nathaniel Atkinson joined Hearts on a three-and-a-half year deal

Nathaniel Atkinson joined from Melbourne City and will compete for the right wing-back position alongside the experienced Michael Smith after teenager Cammy Logan joined Edinburgh City on loan.

The 22-year-old, who is regarded as one of Australia’s emerging talents, arrived on a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Defender Tony Sibbick, who had a loan spell at Tynecastle under former manager Daniel Stendl, returned to the club on a permanent deal after Barnsley reportedly rejected interest from Hibs.

Forward Ellis Simms made an instant impact after joining on loan from Everton, scoring on his home debut as Hearts beat Motherwell 2-0.

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Hearts and Motherwell

Hearts rejected three bid from Rangers to take John Souttar in January after the defender signed a pre-contract and will move to Ibrox in the summer.

Jordan Roberts made his move to Motherwell permanent and Armand Gnanduillet left for French club Le Mans.

Jamie Walker (Bradford City); Jamie Brandon (Greenock Morton); Leon Watson (East Fife) and Cammy Logan (Edinburgh City) also left on loan.

Hibernian

New manager Shaun Maloney wasted no time in reshaping his squad with eight players moving to Easter Road during the transfer window.

Henderson will make his move to Hibs permanent in the summer
Image: Ewan Henderson will make his move to Hibs permanent in the summer

Hibs were busy in the early stages of the window, bringing in Harry Clarke, Ewan Henderson, and Elias Melkersen. A defender, a midfielder, and a forward; all versatile.

Clarke had impressed for Ross County on loan from Arsenal; Henderson was struggling for game time at Celtic and follows a similar path to brother Liam, while Melkersen is viewed as a raw Nordic talent who is more of a long-term project.

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Defender Rocky Bushiri joined on loan to provide some much-needed cover at centre-back with left-back Demetri Mitchell arriving on a two-and-a-half-year deal from Blackpool.

American attacker Chris Mueller has moved to Edinburgh from Orlando City after having already agreed a pre-contract.

Winger Runar Hauge then signed a three-and-a-half-year deal on deadline day, becoming the second player to join from Norwegian sign Bodo/Glimt after Melkersen.

The Easter Road club made a late signing as winger Sylvester Jasper joined on loan from English Championship side Fulham, with the option for the move to become permanent at the end of the season.

Eighteen-year-old goalkeeper Tom Carter also signed, initially on a six-month contract, from English Northern Premier League side Soham Town Rangers.

Hibs' Martin Boyle (right) celebrates with Jake Doyle-Hayes after he makes it 1-0 against Rangers
Image: Hibs’ have a buy-back option for Martin Boyle

Hibs did lose Martin Boyle to Saudi club Al-Faisaly in a deal worth around £2.5m plus add-ons after bids of £500,000 in December then £2m earlier this month were rejected.

Several players left on loan including Jamie Murphy to Mansfield, Alex Gogic to St Mirren, Melker Hallberg moved to St Johnstone, Jamie Gullan went to Raith Rovers, Daniel Mackay and Dylan Tait moved to Kilmarnock, Jack Brydon joined Edinburgh City and Joao Balde went to Civil Service Strollers.

Livingston

Livingston boss David Martindale is hopeful goalkeeper Ivan Konovalov will be with the club soon after agreeing an 18-month contract.

The 27-year old Russian has yet to secure a work permit to officially make the switch from Rubin Kazan.

Defender Morgan Boyes moved to West Lothian from Liverpool on an 18-month-deal believing it is the „perfect“ club to take the much-needed next step in his career.

Caleb Chukwuemeka joined on loan from Aston Villa
Image: Caleb Chukwuemeka joined on loan from Aston Villa

Caleb Chukwuemeka joined on loan from Aston Villa after impressing in the English Premier League side’s reserves this campaign, scoring seven goals in 11 matches. Forward Sebastian Soto has also moved to Livi on loan from Norwich City.

Departing on loan were Jack Hamilton (Arbroath); Harrison Clark (Kelty Hearts); Keaghan Jacobs and Jaze Kabia (Falkirk).

Motherwell

The Steelmen were relatively quiet in January but could not hold on to top scorer Tony Watt who made the switch to Dundee United.

Manager Graham Alexander made his signings early in the window with Ross Tierney, Joe Efford and Victor Nirennold joining the club.

Attacker Jordan Roberts meanwhile made his loan move from Hearts permanent and Celtic opted to send young midfielder Liam Shaw to Fir Park until the end of the season.

Celtic's Adam Montgomery (left) and Liam Scales celebrate Celtic's Scottish League Cup quarter-final win over Raith at Parkhead
Image: Celtic’s Adam Montgomery has joined Aberdeen on loan

Ricki Lamie agreed a pre-contract with Dundee but a deal could not be agreed for the defender to move in January.

It’s a sharp contrast to last January when Graham Alexander had only been in charge for three weeks and made three signings on deadline day alone.

Robbie Crawford moved to Partick Thistle with Mich’el Parker also leaving, while Darragh O’Connor moved to Queen of the South on loan.

Rangers

Rangers left their transfer business late and pulled off a major coup just hours before the window closed with Aaron Ramsey joining on loan from Juventus until the end of the season.

​​​​​​Right-back Mateusz Zukowski also signed on deadline day from Lechia Gdansk. The Poland U21 international agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal and will provide competition for captain James Tavernier.

Manchester United winger Amad Diallo made an immediate impact after he moved to Ibrox on loan, scoring the opener in the 3-3 draw at Ross County.

The 19-year-old moved to Old Trafford in a deal worth around £37.2m from Atalanta last year but has made just nine appearances in all competitions.

United believe this move will be good for his development, with Diallo understood to be a part of the Premier League club’s long-term plans.

Versatile youngster James Sands moved from MLS side New York City for 18 months – an option to buy is included in the deal.

John Souttar will move from Hearts in the summer after Rangers failed to bring the defender to the club before the end of the January window.

The Ibrox side also cashed in on Nathan Patterson with the young right-back joining Everton in a deal worth up to £16m.

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Jermain Defoe said it was difficult to accept his time at Rangers was coming to an end, but not playing was affecting him mentally

Former England striker Jermain Defoe left Rangers after making just two appearances this season while Cedric Itten was recalled from his loan spell in Germany.

Juninho Bacuna left for Birmingham City while winger Brandon Barker’s contract was terminated by mutual consent.

Van Bronckhorst also sent several players on loan in search of more gametime including Jake Hastie (Linfield); Stephen Kelly (Salford City); Christopher McKee (Linfield); Kai Kennedy (Hamilton Academical); Ben Williamson (Raith Rovers); Aaron Cervantes (Partick Thistle); Scott Cowie (Falkirk); Kieran Wright (Dumbarton).

Ross County

It was a very quiet transfer window for Ross County manager Malky Mackay.

Declan Drysdale is on loan from Coventry City
Image: Declan Drysdale is on loan from Coventry City

He suffered a blow when in-form defender Harry Clarke was recalled by Arsenal only to sign a permanent deal with Hibs.

Two defenders did move to Dingwall until the summer – Kayne Ramsay from Southampton and Declan Drysdale from Coventry City. while Coll Donaldson left on loan until the summer, joining Dunfermline Athletic.

St Johnstone

It was a busy January for Callum Davidson as he looked to find the answer to their Scottish Premiership survival.

There were seven new signings at McDiarmid Park, two of them strikers.

Nadir Ciftci made his St Johnstone debut in the defeat at Hearts
Image: Nadir Ciftci made his St Johnstone debut in the defeat at Hearts

Former Dundee United and Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci joined until the end of the season. He has yet to score for Saints and is now facing a spell on the sidelines after injuring his hamstring on his home debut.

The 22-year-old forward Theo Blair also arrived from MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps until the summer of 2024.

Midfielder Melker Hallberg made the switch from Hibernian, joining Saints on an 18-month deal and Cammy MacPherson’s loan from St Mirren became permanent

With the second-worst goal difference in the league, Davidson has also brought in three new defenders in Tony Gallagher, John Mahon and Dan Cleary. Another defender, Tom Sang, also joined on loan from Cardiff City on deadline day.

Spencer Moreland did depart to join Stenhousemuir on loan, with Sam Denham moving to Cowdenbeath.

St Mirren

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin was pleasantly surprised he was able to tempt Jordan Jones on loan from Wigan until the end of the season.

The former Kilmarnock and Rangers winger had several options as he looked for game time after a difficult spell down south.

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Jordan Jones was convinced a loan move to St Mirren was the right choice after just one conversation with manager Jim Goodwin

Forward Alex Grieve also joined on an 18-month deal from New Zealand side Birkenhead United.

Goodwin finally signed Alex Gogic on deadline day, with the player arriving on loan from Hibs until the end of the season.

The manager has been a long-term admirer of the Cyprus international, having initially tried to sign him before he eventually moved from Hamilton to Easter Road.

St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin has told McGrath to focus on his football
Image: Jamie McGrath’s future is at Wigan Athletic

The Buddies lost Jamie McGrath late on deadline day, with the influential midfielder joining Wigan Athletic on a 2-and-a-half-year deal.

Cammy MacPherson made his move to St Johnstone permanent after a loan spell. Out of favour Kristian Dennis moved to Carlisle United.

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