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Celtic sign Stefan Scepovic

Celtic have signed Stefan Scepovic 24 hours after the Serbia striker pulled the plug on a move to Parkhead.

The 24-year-old has signed a four-year contract with the Scottish champions despite leaving Celtic in the lurch going into the final day of the transfer window.

Celtic are also trying to complete the loan signing of Manchester City striker John Guidetti after letting forwards Teemu Pukki, Amido Balde and Holmbert Fridjonsson leave Parkhead on a temporary basis.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell expressed deep disappointment with Scepovic following his initial U-turn.

But he was happy to revisit the deal after Scepovic saw a move to Getafe fall through, apparently because the Spanish club were not allowed to sign the player under financial fair play rules.

Speaking early on transfer deadline day, Lawwell told Sky Sports News: "Last night we were told he didn't want to come, he had changed his mind, which was extremely disappointing.

"We spent a lot of time on it. We'd agreed with the club and himself. We were just at the point of signing the contract, he'd got his work permit, he'd gone to Paris on Friday to have an appointment with the embassy, which went well. The plan was he was going to go back and pick it up today.

"He passed his medical on Saturday. I spoke to him on his way back from his medical on Saturday afternoon and everything was fine.

"So we were bitterly disappointed and we don't understand it."

Guidetti, a 22-year-old Swede, arrived at Celtic Park late on Monday evening for talks. He scored 20 goals in 23 games during a loan spell at Feyenoord in 2011-12 and made his Sweden debut during that time, but illness and injury ruled him out for a lengthy spell and his next first-team action was six substitute appearances with Stoke on loan in the second half of last season.

Both Pukki and Fridjonsson have joined Brondby on a season-long loan deal while Portuguese forward Balde has joined Belgian club Beveren, also for the season.

Celtic held on to Virgil van Dijk on the day the defender earned his first Holland call-up for a friendly against Italy and European Championship qualifier against the Czech Republic.

Another player leaving Celtic is Dylan McGeouch, who has moved to Hibernian on loan until the end of the season.

Hibs, who failed in a bid to re-sign Leigh Griffiths on loan from the Hoops, have also brought in 19-year-old Southampton striker Jake Sinclair on a season-long loan.

His signing came after it was confirmed that Hibs forward Faird El Alagui had ruptured his Achilles tendon, which will keep him out for most if not all of the season.

Ross County have re-signed Dundee United forward Michael Gardyne on loan until January 19, and have also completed the signing of Darren Barr following his release from Kilmarnock.

County also announced the signing of Celtic player Jackson Irvine, who spent last season in a similar loan deal at Kilmarnock.

Partick Thistle have signed 23-year-old former Liverpool and Blackpool striker Nathan Eccleston.

The forward, who has signed until the end of the season, made nine first-team appearances for Liverpool, also playing on loan for Huddersfield, Charlton and Rochdale, before spending two years at Blackpool.

Falkirk have signed Aberdeen full-back Joe Shaughnessy on loan until January and winger David Smith from Hearts on a two-year deal.

Hearts have loaned striker Gary Oliver to Stenhousemuir until January while goalkeeper Lee Hollis has left Tynecastle following a short spell as emergency cover.

Two players departed Dundee. Centre-back Kyle Benedictus has joined former boss Barry Smith at Alloa on a season-long loan while goalkeeper Grant Adam has left the club following a short stint as cover.

Rangers loaned out four young players who have gained first-team experience.

Striker Calum Gallagher has joined Scottish Championship rivals Cowdenbeath on loan until January.

The 19-year-old scored on his Rangers debut against Dunfermline in March and made a total of five appearances before the end of the season, but has not featured in the new campaign.

Midfielder Robbie Crawford, who made 45 appearances before finding himself unable to break into the first team this season, has joined Morton on loan for four months.

Defender Daniel Stoney has joined Stranraer and centre-back Luca Gasparotto has moved to Airdrie.

A fifth Rangers player, Craig Halkett, has signed for Clyde until January while Bully Wee boss Barry Ferguson has also brought in Kilmarnock player Euan Smith on loan.

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