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Rangers to add two players to their squad while Celtic star nearing exit as January window opens: Old Firm transfer rumours

Andy Halliday could be on his way back to Rangers.
Andy Halliday could be on his way back to Rangers.

Rangers' squad is set to be bolstered by two arrivals, according to the latest transfer rumours.

The first is a very familiar face as midfielder ANDY HALLIDAY is due to return to Ibrox. The Glasgow club have successfully negotiated an early release from his season-long loan at Azerbaijan side Gabala, according to the Scottish Sun. The paper claims that the 26-year-old, who made only three league starts during his spell on the continent, will be back in time to join Rangers on their winter training camp in Florida this weekend. Halliday was loaned out by previous boss Pedro Caixinha.

He could be joined in the Rangers panel by Brighton attacker JAMIE MURPHY. The former Motherwell and Sheffield United player is on his way to Glasgow in a seven-figure deal, according to the Daily Mail. Murphy, a boyhood Rangers fan, played a significant role in Brighton's promotion to the Premier League but has found game-time in the top tier tough to come-by, starting just one league game so far this season.

The Mail report, however, does warn that Murphy could end up acting as a replacement for JOSH WINDASS, claiming that Preston are ready to make a £1 million offer for the in-form 23-year-old. That adds to the much-speculated interest from Sunderland in JAMES TAVERNIER. Any move for the full-back, of course, could be good news for Northern Ireland's Lee Hodson, who has been playing second fiddle so far this term.

In the other half of Glasgow, another window has brought more talk of an exit for Celtic forward MOUSSA DEMBELE. The Scottish Sun expect Brighton to make a £20 million offer for the 21-year-old while the Daily Mail claim that Stoke City, West Ham and Southampton are all keeping tabs on the attacker. The Daily Mail also claim that Brighton want to know if the Frenchman is interested in a move to the Amex before they make an approach.

Hoops defender JOZO SIMUNOVIC could also be on his way south of the border with Burnley again interested in the defender. The Turf Moor club tried to bring the centre-back to the Premier League in the summer but were knocked back. Now the Daily Record report that Burnley are returning for the player.

But that means Celtic may bring in Dundee's JACK HENDRY as a replacement. The Record expect Brendan Rodgers to make an approach for the 22-year-old, who moved north from Wigan during the summer.

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