Rangers set to seal 12th summer deal while Celtic's hopes of defensive signing hit: Old Firm transfer rumours
Rangers could be set to land their 12th signing of the summer, according to today's Old Firm rumour mill.
Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty has been identified as the club's main attacking target and, according to the Daily Record, the Gers are confident that a deal can be wrapped up by the end of the week.
Rangers have already had two bids rejected for the 30-year-old as Hearts are holding out for their £750,000 valuation.
Celtic, meanwhile, could miss out on Manchester City defender Jason Denayer, depending on which of the conflicting reports you believe. We know Brendan Rodgers is keen to bolster his squad and the club have been linked with Denayer. In yesterday's rumours, we told you that reports in Italy suggest the Hoops were hopeful of bringing the 23-year-old back for his second loan deal in Glasgow. However, the Turkish media, in particular futbolarena.com, are remaining bullish in their claims that the player himself is determined to move back to Galatasaray, where he has already played two loan spells, in 15/16 and just last season.
It's a period of uncertainty for Celtic's back line, which has come under criticism following their Champions League exit at the hands of AEK Athens. They were without wantaway centre-half Dedryck Boyata, despite Brendan Rodgers' insistence that the player would have been fit to feature. Former Celtic player Andy Walker has urged the club to let the 27-year-old leave.
"You have got a big problem with Dedryck Boyata, who has refused to play for the club," he said. "If I was a team-mate of his, you know that you can not trust him. Team spirit is very important and, if you have got someone refusing to play, you have got to get them out the door."
Celtic rejected a £9m offer from Fulham earlier in the window but Walker now thinks that was an error in judgement, with the Premier League transfer window closed.
"He can go to a club on the continent but I am sure it won't be anything like the £9m Fulham offered," said Walker.
On the plus side, Celtic are still expected to complete the loan signing of Daniel Arzani, who completed his move to Manchester City from Melbourne last week.
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