A flurry of inclusions in the Ranger’s roster post-Stevie G’s arrival and record transfers being crushed by Celtic — Scottish sides found themselves heavily busy in the transfer market in this window and its verdict is going to be enlivened only with popped eyeballs and jaws losing their hold of the mouth of plenty in the football betting world.
Transfer records have been smashed, unforeseen transfers have taken place on both ways and the fans, well there has been an overwhelming blend of reactions. Giving torch to the idea of transfer gossip, we’re discussing some of the major transfers that the giants of the Scottish League were involved in. Let’s roll!
Odsonne Edouard: the ‘Biggest transfer’ in the history of Celtic:
Being hailed as the ‘biggest transfer’ by Brenden Rodgers, the 20-year-old French Forward Odsonne Edouard got his name in the history of the club. While Celtics were already being labelled as the favourites for this season, the club manager has no intention of making peace those predictions — he’s aiming big, and perhaps, is looking to deliver in the competitions beyond the terminus of Scotland. On his loan from PSG last term, Eduoard’s promising stats back Brendon Rodgers’ decision for breaking the bank for him. He scored 11 goals in 29 appearances in his loan spell.
Rodgers has been a long-time admirer of the whizz-kid and lauded him highly after his crucial goal against Rangers in their straw-clutching 3-2 victory. The boss said, “He is one of the best young players I have worked with - his movement, his touch, his all-round play."
Adam Rooney: Surprise Farewell
There has been a lot of debate over Adam Rooney’s staggering departure from Aberdeen. He was their top-scorer for many seasons and has been an instrumental part of the team. But the decision to be deprived of playing European football to join a side relatively inferior to his current team was an odd call by the 30-year-old striker. Not to mention his lucrative hike in pay is hard to go unnoticed as he would reportedly earn about £4,000 a week — which is nearly double to what he earned at Aberdeen.
The club Salford City is owned by a group of iconic players in the history of British football, popularly known as ‘Class of 92’ including Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phill Neville. They are currently in England’s fifth tier after winning three promotions — Rooney’s signing hints towards their intentions of entering the competition of higher ranks as soon as possible.
During his time at Aberdeen, Rooney bagged 87 goals in 194 appearances. After his departure, Adam paid thanks to the club and spoke about Salford’s intriguing project that impelled his decision to join Salford. He said,“I had a great time at Aberdeen but when I heard of the interest from Salford, it was something that really intrigued me," Rooney said. “[The club] wants to get as high up as possible and hopefully I can help the club achieve that by scoring goals and help push the club up through the leagues.”
Connor Goldson: Rangers' new centre-half:
Rangers' new managers spent most of the summer being involved reinforcements. Former Liverpool ace landed Connor Goldson of Brighton early in the summer to fortify his backline. Goldson struggled to become a nailed-on starter at Brighton as he had to compete with the likes of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy for the first-team spot. However, Gerrard has high hopes from his new man and Goldson would most certainly do justice to his £3million price tag— only time will tell.
The inclusion of appointment of Steven Gerrard in the Ranger’s side has added a new dimension to the Scottish league. However, Rangers have had an underwhelming start of the season while Celtic and Hearts currently sit at the top of the league. It would be interesting to see how Celtic’s side bereft of their prolific striker Moussa Dembele do as the league progresses. Undoubtedly, this is going to be an exciting season for the Scottish League fans!