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BT Sport's Stephen Craigan runs the rule over deadline day in the SPL

BT Sport's Stephen Craigan reviews all the deadline day activity in the SPL

Charly Musonda

BT Sport pundit Stephen Craigan runs the rule over all the business done on a dramatic deadline day in the SPL. 

Relief, disappointment and frustration will be some of the emotions amongst managers around the country now the January transfer is shut.

I spoke to a top-flight manager and he told me his head was fried, such is the nature of last-minute business.

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The fact there was a round of fixtures on deadline night also added to the stress levels and should be looked at in future.

The last few days has witnessed clubs making their moves for a variety of different reasons with players and managers becoming very unsettled.

There’s a lot of talk about over inflated prices towards the end of a transfer window and it’s the timing of clubs making their moves that inflates a player’s value.

A selling club has so much to consider when deciding whether to sell late in a window or not.

Is the player in question an important player to them? Can they get a replacement in? How long is left on the player’s contract and most importantly what financial state is the club in? Very few clubs sell their best players halfway through a season unless they get top dollar for their asset and rightly so.

I keep hearing Scottish clubs should value their players more. Well, a few clubs managed to hold onto their stars, so is the tide turning for Scottish teams?

As expected there hasn’t been a lot of money spent with loans being the order of the day and as expected Celtic lead the way in spending and loans.

Scott Bain the Hibernian goalkeeper was loaned on the last day after Craig Gordon suffered a knee injury on Saturday. Celtic had originally bid for Motherwell goalkeeper Trevor Carson but Celtic didn’t meet Motherwell’s valuation of the player.

They did however spend a loan fee on exciting Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda that is a real coup for Brendan Rodgers and his team. Musonda was very sought after so Celtic will be delighted with their signing.

They also spent up towards £1m for young Dundee defender Jack Hendry that doesn’t just strengthen Celtic but it weakens Dundee, as he was their best player.

Rangers fought off competition from a Chinese club to keep their top scorer Alfredo Morelos and that is a big call, as the reported money on offer was very good indeed.

With that Rangers now look a side capable of pushing Aberdeen all the way for that coveted second place. They have also paid out money for Hamilton’s Greg Docherty so Graeme Murty and Mark Allen the director of football have had a busy window but a successful one.

So it’s back to football now and transfers can be put to the back of everyone’s mind, thankfully.

It’s all about avoiding relegation for the clubs towards the bottom and who from that group can make a push for the top six?

The title looks to be Celtic’s again but the battle for second between Rangers and Aberdeen will be intriguing and will go down to the wire.

Hibernian and Hearts will also battle for fourth place with the potential of European football up for grabs. Who said Scottish football wasn’t exciting?

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