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Celtic target one of Europe's hottest strikers while Rangers confident of signing Liverpool midfielder: Old Firm Transfer Rumours

Celtic have made their worst start to a league season for 20 years after defeat to Kilmarnock on Sunday afternoon - little wonder they're being linked with a new signing.

The Hoops, who trail league leaders Hearts by six points after winning just three of their opening six Premiership matches, are said to be interested in Red Star Belgrade's red hot striker Milan Pavkov, according to the Scotsman.

Brendan Rodgers' side lost the services of Moussa Dembele last month and could now look to the Serbian to help fill the void, having watched his side's Champions League clash with Napoli last week. Pavkov, 24, scored 23 goals in 33 Serbian Super Liga appearances for Radnicki Nis during a loan spell last season. He has continued that form with three goals in four games at the start of the current league campaign.

Over at Ibrox, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is optimistic at his chances of bringing in loan star Ovie Ejaria on a permanent deal. The 20 year-old has made a bright start to life in Light Blue, scoring against Ufa and Motherwell. Now Gerrard wants to make his season-long loan a permanent transfer and is hoping he can persuade his Liverpool counterpart to sanction the deal.

“I’m still in Jurgen Klopp’s good books, so if Liverpool keep winning maybe there’s some scope," he said.

Gerrard also confirmed that he would like to make similar moves for fellow loanees Ryan Kent, Lassana Coulibaly and Joe Worrall.

“If you’re asking me if I’d want the four of them for next year, I’d sign them right now. We rate them highly," he said. “In an ideal world, they’d all be on four or five-year deals but unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. We have to be respectful to their parents clubs.”

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