Old Firm in late moves
Rangers splash the cash to sign Kent in £7m deal
Kent: Big money (pic: SNS Group)
Rangers left it late to complete their move for No. 1 transfer target Ryan Kent, the club agreeing a reported £7 million deal with Liverpool just before the transfer window closed.
The 22-year-old made his mark at Ibrox while on loan last season, scoring six goals in 43 appearances.
Steven Gerrard was keen to bring the midfielder back to Govan on a permanent deal this term and the player has penned a four-year contract, with Liverpool understood to have a sell-on clause in the region of 25%.
The arrival of Kent will be a timely boost for Rangers fans after their team lost 2-0 to Celtic in the first Old Firm derby of the season to slip three points behind their rivals at the top of the Premiership.
As Kent arrived at Ibrox, players heading out the exit door included Graham Dorrans and Joe Dodoo.
The club confirmed the ‘mutual termination’ of 32-year-old Dorrans’ contract after an injury-plagued stay.
The midfielder was signed in the summer of 2017 from Norwich City but he managed just 23 appearances in which he netted five goals.
Striker Dodoo came to Ibrox in 2016, making 27 appearances and netting five goals. He spent last season on loan to Blackpool. Jake Hastie has moved to Rotherham.
Across Glasgow, Celtic boss Neil Lennon was also a busy man as the clock ticked down on deadline day.
The champions had been tracking Kilmarnock left-back Greg Taylor for some time and finally managed to get a deal over the line after the clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.
The player has signed a four-year deal. Also joining him at Parkhead is right-back Jeremie Frimpong, the defender signing from Manchester City on a four-year deal.
There was also time for Lennon to complete a move for another full-back, this time Republic of Ireland Under-21 defender Lee O’Connor joining from Manchester United. He arrived at United in 2016 and made 21 appearances for the Under-23s last season.
Talking of his move, Taylor said: “It’s been a whirlwind of a day but I’m over the moon to be here and thankfully that’s it over the line.
“As soon as I knew of Celtic’s interest, I was desperate to come, so it’s been a great day, certainly now that it’s done.
“It’s massive club, everyone knows that, and I’m here to win trophies, it’s as simple as that and I can’t wait to hopefully be a part of it. I’m delighted to be a Celtic player, and I want to try and impress the fans, and obviously the manager.”
The 21-year-old Scotland international will compete with recent £3m summer signing Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo for the left-back jersey, a position Lennon has been looking to fill since Kieran Tierney’s departure to Arsenal.
Motherwell were also active in the final hours of the transfer window, bringing 23-year-old attacking midfielder Mark O’Hara to Fir Park on a season-long loan from Peterborough United.
The former Kilmarnock and Dundee star has been a long-time target of the Steelmen, with boss Stephen Robinson saying: “We have been chasing him for a number of windows now so we are delighted to have him.
“He is already a proven player at Scottish Premiership level.”
Ex-Hearts striker Osman Sow has moved up a division to the Premiership, the front man joining Kilmarnock on loan from Championship leaders Dundee United.
Former Rangers star Kirk Broadfoot has left Rugby Park in search of new playing opportunities, with St Mirren likely to be his next employers.
The four-times capped defender was released from his contract by the Ayrshire club after making 78 appearances since arriving in 2017.
St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright added to his squad in Perth with the loan signings of Jason Holt from Rangers and Anthony Ralston from Celtic.
Hibs also went down the loan route, with full-back Jason Naismith arriving from Peterborough. Easter Road defender Sean Mackie has joined Dundee on loan for the remainder of the season.
Elsewhere, former Hibs star Jason Cummings, has moved from Nottingham Forest to Shrewsbury Town.