Scottish transfers: Potential deals in January
Players who could be on the move in Scotland this month
The January transfer window is now open and many clubs will be looking to augment their squads or bring in some transfer cash.
We have already looked at what business could happen in the Premier League and which Championship players could earn a move.
Now we switch our attention north of the border and look at five players who could be involved in Scottish transfers this month.
The Rangers and Scotland right-back was linked with a move to Everton in the summer with reports claiming two Goodison bids were turned down.
However, it appears interest from Rafa Benitez remains and it has been widely reported the Toffees are set go back in for the 20-year-old, who remains behind captain James Tavernier in the pecking order at Ibrox.
Patterson has made only two cinch Premiership starts this season and a decent offer might prove too tempting for the Scottish champions.
It seems a matter of when not if the 25-year-old Hearts and Scotland centre-back signs a pre-contract with another club.
English Championship clubs Stoke, Blackburn and Middlesbrough have been linked with Souttar and Rangers and Celtic have also been credited with interest.
Souttar, signed from Dundee United in 2016, has overcome three serious Achilles injuries in his career and forced his way back into the Scotland squad in November after a three-year absence.
Aberdeen boss Stephen Glass confirmed Blackburn counterpart Tony Mowbray had spoken to him about Hedges in the summer and the Lancashire club will reportedly return with another offer.
The 26-year-old Wales international, signed from Barnsley in 2019, is out of contract at the end of the season.
Glass admitted the Pittodrie club had made Hedges a “brilliant offer but it doesn’t look like he’s going to sign it, which is his right”.
St Mirren’s 25-year-old attacking midfielder almost moved to Hibernian on transfer deadline day last summer before a snag hit the deal.
Saints boss Jim Goodwin later offered the Republic of Ireland international a club-record contract but admitted a bigger club would likely “blow us out of the water”.
After McGrath made the step up to international football, Goodwin expects bigger clubs to come calling than those who showed an interest in the summer.
The Rangers centre-back will be free to talk to other clubs as his contract enters its final six months.
The defender, who has been become a key player at the Govan club since arriving from Brighton in 2018, has kept his cards close to his chest on the issue of a new Ibrox contract.
However, many Light Blues fans would not be surprised to see their vice-captain sign a pre-contract or be involved in one of the Scottish transfers this month.
With left-back Calvin Bassey recently deputising in central defence, Rangers would need to have a replacement lined up if they were to cash in during January.