September 23, 2021

The best free agents are still there.

The transfer window is closed for another six months – and both Celtic and Rangers will be happy with the business they have done.

But that doesn’t mean the squad hasn’t grown as much as the premiership team can.

Barry McKay in action for Flatwood

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Barry McKay in action for Flatwood

At this time of year, it is customary for parties who still have two free spaces to fill their squads to start roaming for players who cannot find the club before the transfer window closes.

Take Swansea City, for example. Former Celtic midfielder Olivier Antchum’s mystery unraveled.

Or the heart for the matter, which we told you. He is pursuing former Rangers star Barry McKay.

And with Cowed’s budget impact across the UK, there are more big names than ever before this summer who haven’t nailed their landing spot well enough for this season.

Can any of them work in your club? Some have more realistic goals than others.

But there is still a sunscreen guide to the best free agents.

Efe Ambrose

Last Club: Livingston.

Effie Ambrose played 28 matches for Livingston.

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Effie Ambrose played 28 matches for Livingston.

28 matches were played last season, including the National Cup final. This is another decent return for the 32-year-old Nigerian, who is still looking for his next home after leaving the Tony Macroni Arena.

Tony Andrew

Last Club: Ross County

Now 33, the young French playmaker played a handful of games for the Highlanders last season. Can he still get a job?

Serge Aurier

Last Club: Tottenham Hotspur.

Both are well stocked on the old firm’s side-back – but weren’t they, Ivory Coast’s captain – whose money-spinning contract was recently canceled – worth watching if the deal hadn’t been richer? Would have

Mo Basic

Last Club: Sheffield United (loan)

Celtic have caught one-time Basic Everton team-mate James McCarthy patrolling their midfield, but Bosnia’s international Basic is a few years younger and still on the market.

Ruby Brady.

Last Club: Burnley

When it came to Eddie Howe as manager, he had a lot to do with Celtic. Able to work on the left back, a position where the Hopes can still consider strongly, even though it will block the way for Liam Scales’ first team.

Robbie Brady has played at a high level.

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Robbie Brady has played at a high level.

Kian Bryan

Last club: Sheffield United.

The England Youth Cape and the 24-year-old central defender saw some time playing with the Blades in the Premier League. Started from Manchester City.

Andy Carroll

Last Club: Newcastle United.

It is a little known fact that Scotland actually tried to play a 6 foot 4 inch target man for them before England’s first cap. He returned to the market after his release from his hometown of Newcastle and certainly an aerial presence.

Planet Dixon.

Last Club: Rangers

Is Planet Dixon Old Firm going to cross the divide?

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Is Planet Dixon Old Firm going to cross the divide?

Advanced Probability, which is still only 19, was photographed with the Celtic strip after a sudden departure from Abrox this week. Both Russia County and Burnley have expressed interest, but their next move has not been confirmed.

احمد المہامدی

Last Club: Austin Villa.

Now 32, but El Mohammedi is a Fit-e-Fidel who is approaching a century of hats for Egypt and has more than 100 exhibitions for both Hill City and Austin Villa.

Jordan IB

Last Club: Derby County

Jordan IB with Eddie Howe, one-time hops management target.

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Jordan IB with Eddie Howe, one-time hops management target.

Another man previously linked to Hopes was involved in IB’s off-field issues, including driving after his supercar collided with a London cafe. He did not stay long in Derby County after leaving Bournemouth.

Barry McKay.

Last Club: Swansea City.

Right now, interesting heart, winger Mackay is an interesting case. There is no shortage of talent but it did not succeed as many had hoped after its appearance in the Rangers under Mark Warburton.


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Recently released by Swansea and has spells in Nottingham Forest and Flatwood Town.

Hall Robson Kano

Last Club: West Brom.

Another member of the Euro 2016 Wales squad, giant target man Robson Kano has not yet set his next destination after leaving West Brom this summer.

Ethan Ross

Last Club: Aberdeen.

Ethan Ross is training with Southampton.

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Ethan Ross is training with Southampton.

The former Donnes teenager, now 19, is training with Southampton after failing to agree to terms on a new contract. There are loan spells on Sand and Dunfermline but only two matches have started for the Ptolemy side, although there will be a promotion fee if they sign.

Daniel Sturge.

Last Club: Trabzonspor.

Daniel Sturge scored against Scotland.

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Daniel Sturge scored against Scotland.

Posting photos on the occasion of his 32nd birthday this week, he said he felt “more excited than ever”, but there has been no one to take the stage since the abrupt end of his short stint in Turkish football. Liverpool’s link with Gerard sees him linked to the Rangers from time to time.

Neil Taylor.

Last Club: Austin Villa.

The hard work that came to prominence in Swansea recently left Austin Villa after four years in the Midlands. Reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016 with Wales.

Jack Wilshere.

Last Club: Bournemouth

Jack Wilshere offers a rare view of West Ham.

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Jack Wilshere offers a rare view of West Ham.

Not yet 30, Wilshire remained silent for 18 seasons for Bournemouth after the big season and joined the Rangers. The Gers are well stocked in midfield skills positions, however, following the arrival of Juninho Bacuna and John Lundstram.

Andrew Wisdom.

Last Club: Derby County

Strongly associated with Celtic under Brendan Rodgers, the former Liverpool youngster remained a free agent after leaving Derby County. Celtic strengthened their central defense by signing a loan to Cameron Carter Wickers on the day of the deadline.

Zadink Zalmal.

Last Club: Heart.

The Czech star had stents on emergency loans at St. Mary’s and St. John’s Stone last season as Covid 19 was affected. Sitting on the phone again after being shown the exit door from Tyne Castle at the end of the campaign.


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