TRANSFER DEADLINE PREVIEW: Rangers and Celtic dominate the headlines

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As both Rangers and Celtic prepare for yet another title race that could go down to the wire, the main talking point of the coming transfer window has been the availability of former Gers striker Kris Boyd.

Scottish internationalist Boyd has just terminated his contract with Turkish club Eskisehirspor following a dispute over unpaid wages, a move which saw him immediately linked him with his former club, where he scored 101 goals in 143 games between 2006-2010.

Rangers' Sone Aluko celebrates scoring during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match at Ibrox, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday January 2, 2012. See PA Story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Rangers' Sone Aluko celebrates scoring during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match at Ibrox, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday January 2, 2012. See PA Story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Rangers boss Ally McCoist admits he is short of a striker and has not ruled out a return for the former Ibrox favourite.

“We’ve not heard anything (about Boyd),” McCoist said. “I’m in absolutely no position to rule anybody out. Unfortunately I’m in no position to count anybody in.

“All I would say is I’m definitely short in forward areas. Although I can’t say there is definite interest, it’s certainly an area we need strengthening in.”

This interest may increase if the current SPL leaders were to lose Nikica Jelavic, with the Slovakian striker currently on the radar of a number of Premier League clubs.

Rangers could face competition for the 28-year-old Boyd in the unlikely shape of bitter rivals Celtic, who could see the Scottish Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer as the perfect man to help bring the title back to Parkhead.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has already spoken of his admiration for Boyd and has certainly not ruled out a move.

He said: “He is a proven goalscorer. I don’t know how much football he has played of late.

“But he has a great record and any player like that would interest me.”

It will be interesting to see if Boyd decides to make a return to Scotland and whether or not he could have a big say on where the title ends up depending on which of the Glasgow giants he signs for.

Celtic are set to have a busy transfer window as they are weighing-up January moves for Hearts keeper Marian Kello, 27-year-old Gronigen defender Jonas Ivens, Charlton defender Michael Morrison and highly-rated Fleetwood Town striker Jamie Vardy.

Aberdeen fans are eagerly waiting to see the return of former favourite Russell Anderson after the 33-year-old is set to re-sign following his free transfer from Derby.

Possible SPL Ins and Outs

Aberdeen

In: Calum Elliot (Hearts) Russell Anderson (Free)

Out: Scott Vernon (Watford) Andrew Considine (Celtic)

Celtic

In: Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) Kris Boyd (Free) Marian Kello (Hearts) Jonas Ivens (Gronigen) Michael Morrison (Charlton) Jamie Vardy (Fleetwood) Barry Bannan (Aston Villa, Loan) Rickie Lambert (Southampton) Connor Sammon (Wigan)

Out: Gary Hooper (Sunderland, Newcastle) Scott Brown (Sunderland) Morten Rasmussen (Steaua Bucharest, Doncaster)

Dundee United

In: Fraser Foster (Pre Contract, Summer) James Beattie (Sheffield United) Nick Blackman (Blackburn) Shkodran Mustafi (Everton, Loan) David Weir (Rangers)

Out: Scott Allan (West Brom) Johnny Russell (Swansea)

Dunfermline

In: Paul Paton (Partick Thistle)

Hearts

Out: Andrew Driver (FC Twente) David Templeton (Norwich) Marian Kello (Celtic) Ryan Stevenson (St Johnstone, Wigan, Bristol City) Eggert Jonsson (Wolves, Agreed) Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock) Calum Elliot (Motherwell, Aberdeen, Kilmarnock) John Sutton (Inverness CT)

Hibs

In: Graham Carey (St Mirren) David weir (Rangers) Paul Caddis (Swindon)

Inverness CT

In: David Weir (Rangers) Paul Paton (Partick Thistle) Kyle Hutton (Rangers) Terry Dixon (Bradford) John Sutton (Hearts) Shkodran Mustafi (Everton, Loan)

Kilmarnock

In: Dean Shiels (Doncaster, Loan) Calum Elliot (Hearts) Jamie Hamill (Hearts)

Out: Gary Harkins (Birmingham) Ben Hutchinson (Mansfield) Liam Kelly (Feyenoord, PSV) Mahamadou Sissoko (Watford)

Motherwell

In: Calum Elliot (Hearts) Henrik Ojamaa (Free) David Weir (Rangers)

Out: Jamie Murphy (Tottenham, Stoke, QPR, West Brom, Wigan)

Rangers

In: Kris Boyd (Free) Andre Amougou (Burnley) Billy Sharp (Doncaster) Vladimir Weiss (Man City) David Goodwillie (Blackburn)

Out: David Weir (Motherwell, St Johnstone, Inverness CT, Hibs) Nikica Jelavic (QPR, Leicester, West Brom) Allan Mcgregor (Newcastle) Kyle Lafferty (Leicester)

St Johnstone

In: Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) David Clarkson (Bristol City) Shkodran Mustafi (Everton, Loan) David Weir (Rangers)

Out: Francisco Sandaza (Bristol City) Murray Davidson (Wolves, Bristol City) David Mackay (Bristol City)

St Mirren

Out: Kenny Mclean (Burnley) Graham Carey (Hibs)

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