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Can Scottish Clubs Take Advantage Of England’s Early Transfer Window?

Date: 10th August 2018

England decided to shut their transfer window early, as their clubs wanted to have all their business done before the start of the domestic season.

Now this is all well and good but the other European leagues haven’t followed that line of action and they have a few more weeks to perfect their talent pools. That technically means that teams from other European countries could still buy players from English sides.

One of those countries that could take advantage of any squad cuts or taking disgruntled talent away from English teams could Scotland.

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic have been a bit slow in the market thus far and their boss Brendan Rodgers has since hinted that he hasn’t been overly impressed by the speed of his board this summer.

To placate the talented manager, the Hoops board could go out and bring in some players from the top tiers of the English game.

Manchester City’s Patrick Roberts has enjoyed a few seasons up in Glasgow and he didn’t move during the Premier League’s window, so it could be very possible that he’ll end up at Parkhead again.

Everton bought big in the last few days and maybe the Merseyside club will be looking to offload good players like Mo Besic, Mason Holgate and Yannick Bolasie.

Maybe West Ham United will be willing to let Robert Snodgrass go out on loan for another year? Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson could offer more competition at right-back. 

Rangers are another side that could now look at bringing in a few more players now they know that the teams down south aren’t there to compete for signatures.

Steven Gerrard has been heavily linked with a loan move for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke, he may now get his man before the end of August. His chances could improve if The Gers continue to impress in Europe.

Aberdeen are a side that are still in the market for new signings and it could be easier for them to work on deals once they see who isn’t getting picked in the opening games of the English campaign.

Hibs have a wee bit of money in their pockets given John McGinn’s departure to Aston Villa. They can assess the market and see if they can move for targets at an affordable price. Neil Lennon has already done some great business in this window and latest signing Emerson Hyndman should shine in Leith.

Kilmarnock’s Steve Clarke and Motherwell’s Stephen Robinson are two managers that know the English market and they will also hope to benefit from the window shutting early down south.

I’m sure all our top flight clubs will make approaches for talent in the coming weeks. Plenty of Premier League and Championship sides will be ready to loan out some of their top academy talent and those are players that our game can help develop.

Maybe the biggest plus for Scottish sides is that they can relax and know that they no longer need to wait and see if English teams are about to raid them for one of their star players.

I think having an extra few weeks of the window should really benefit our teams. 

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