Scotland latest: Premier League new boys hunt Celtic defender; Rangers want more additions

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We bring you the latest news from Celtic, Rangers and Hibernian.

1) Celtic expect Burnley bid for Efe Ambrose

Celtic are expecting to have to fend off interest in Efe Ambrose from newly promoted Premier League side, Burnley.

Sean Dyche’s men have reportedly lined up Ambrose as a potential new recruit as they look to add quality to their squad to allow them to compete in the English top tier.

The exact price required to sign Ambrose has not been revealed, but Dyche has scoffed at suggestions that Burnley have a lot of money to spend this summer, so too high a figure is not anticipated.

It is likely to be more than the £1.2 million which Celtic paid to secure the defender, though, meaning they will make a profit.

If Ambrose is to leave it makes the departure of his centre-back partner, Virgil van Dijk, even less likely as Celtic would be loathed to lose any more of their stars.

2) Tony Watt to secure Standard Liege

Tony Watt is set to conclude a deal worth £1.2 million to take him to Belgium side Standard Liege this week.

Watt, most notably remembered for scoring the winner against Barcelona in Celtic’s Champions League campaign two seasons ago, has frustrated most at Celtic Park with his attitude during his time at the club.

His talent has never come into question, though, and Standard could have a bargain buy if they can get the best out of him.

The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Lierse so will be no stranger to Belgium football when he joins up with his new teammates.

3) Liam Henderson looking forward to Champions League test

Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson says he is excited for Celtic’s next Champions League test against Legia Warsaw on Wednesday.

The Bhoys face the Polish side in the third qualifying round after successfully negotiating their way past KR Reykjavik in the last round and Henderson says he is looking forward to testing himself in Europe’s elite competition again.

“We’re looking forward to it and we’ll see how we get on out there,” he told the club’s official site.

“It will be tough, and it’ll be a different atmosphere in Poland, but the manager will have a plan and we’ll just stick to that and hopefully we’ll get the result.”

4) Rangers seeking more additions

Ally McCoist is still on the hunt for more signings this summer and will meet with Rangers’ Chief Executive, Graham Wallace, this week to discuss transfer funds.

The Gers have already completed deals for four new players during this transfer window, but McCoist is determined to bring in even more new faces as the side go for back-to-back promotions.

He now wants clarification over the budget he has to do this with and will find out this week how much more money he has to spend.

5) Hibernian complete Mark Oxley deal

Hull City goalkeeper Mark Oxley has joined Hibernian on a six month loan deal today.

Oxley, who spent last season playing for Oldham Athletic on a temporary basis, will join up with his teammates tomorrow and he will be hoping to make a good impression, as Hibs look to get back to the Scottish Premiership.

His new boss, Alan Stubbs, is delighted by the signing and says that he has been trying to get the deal done for some time now.

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“We’re delighted we’ve managed to bring Mark to Hibernian - this loan deal has been in the pipeline for some time and it’s great we’ve managed to get it over the line,” he said.

“This move suits everybody, we were looking for a new first choice goalkeeper and Mark was looking for a fresh challenge and an opportunity to play regular first team football.”

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