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Rangers target two more signings while Celtic close in on defensive double swoop: Old Firm transfer rumours

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard.

There could still be plenty more transfers in and out of Glasgow, if today's Old Firm transfer rumours are to be believed.

First up is striker Kyle Lafferty, who is now the subject of a third offer from Rangers, according to reports in England.

Hearts have already rejected two offers but the clubs remain in discussions and today's rumours claim that a fresh bid has been submitted.

Should Lafferty return to his former stomping ground, he could be joined by a familiar face. That's fellow Northern Ireland international Jordan Jones. The Express report that Rangers could renew their interest in the midfielder after Jamie Murphy's injury sustained last weekend threatens to rule him out for most of the season. The Gers had a £350,000 offer for Jones turned down by Kilmarnock in January.

An alternative option for the Gers is said to be a return to the club for Aston Villa forward Ross McCormack. The 32-year-old, who left Ibrox way back in 2006, hasn't featured in a league game for Villa since January last year, instead farmed out on loan to Nottingham Forest and Melbourne City. The Daily Star report that Rangers have considered a move for the player but that he has no interest in another loan deal and wants to leave Villa Park on a permanent basis.

Over at Celtic, the club have made a formal move for Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna, according to the Scottish Sun. The 21-year-old Scottish international put pen to paper on two new five year deals at Pittodrie last season, with boss Derek McInnes adamant he is not leaving. Could Celtic's offer test the Dons' resolve? They have rejected offers from Hull and Swansea City this summer.

Bild report that Celtic are also preparing a €7.8m move for out-of-favour Wolfsburg centre-half Jeffrey Bruma. The 26-year-old Dutch defender started just 11 Bundesliga games last season and the article claims his club would agree to Celtic's proposed deal.

In terms of outgoings, the Hoops could see midfielder Ryan Christie join Sunderland on loan ahead of a permanent deal in January, according to the Sun. Christie has spent the last 18 months on loan at Aberdeen. He has started just five Premiership games for Celtic but has been capped by Scotland in friendly matches, starting the defeat to Mexico in June.

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