Celtic and Rangers transfer news: Fraser Aird and Eoghan O'Connell on the move?

Eoghan O'Connell scores the first goal for Celtic

Here is the latest news involving Glasgow Rangers and Celtic as the January transfer window approaches the halfway mark.

Celtic defender Eoghan O'Connell could be set for a temporary departure from Parkhead, with HITC Sport reporting that Walsall are closing in on signing the centre-back on loan.

The 21-year-old appears to have a bright future, but HITC Sport believes that he will continue his development elsewhere for the time-being. 


Celtic's Nir Bitton in action with Rangers' Andy HallidayCeltic's Nir Bitton in action with Rangers' Andy Halliday

One player who has been linked with a move away from the Hoops but now looks set to stay is Nir Bitton after the Evening Times suggested that he has no intention of leaving.

The Israel international has also struggled for game-time this season, but the Evening Times reports that he wants to fight for his place.

Brendan Rodgers has suggested that he wants to keep Emilio Izaguirre with the club beyond this season, the Daily Record reports.

The left-back is out of contract at the end of the campaign but Rodgers has hinted that he wants the Honduran to sign a new deal.

"I like Emilio, he's very robust, trains every day, he works hard and is very professional. If I have Kieran [Tierney] and Emilio as starter and cover player then I'd be happy," he said, as reported by the Record.

"We'll talk more on that between now and the end of the season."

Meanwhile, The Scottish Sun are reporting that Rangers defender Fraser Aird is set to join Scottish Championship side Falkirk.

Aird has barely played under Mark Warburton, so an Ibrox exit is hardly surprising, however The Scottish Sun does not suggest whether he will leave on loan or permanently.

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Emerson Hyndman's countryman and current Hearts defender Perry Kitchen has suggested that the Gers' loan signing will be a good addition to Mark Warburton's squad, the Daily Record reports

The Bournemouth man has joined on loan until the end of the season, and Kitchen believes he will prove to be a smart acquisition.

"I think Emerson will be a good signing for Rangers. He is a very good player," he said, as reported by the Record.

"He is very good on the ball and he will most certainly do a job for Rangers now that he has joined the club."

Finally, Willie Henderson has suggested that the Light Blues should be targeting young players in the transfer market after the problems they have endured with Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar, the Evening Times reports.

"I had my doubts about Barton and Kranjcar. Scottish football is quick and to bring in people at 34 into the midfield or up front is a big deal. I did question it. I would not like to see many 34-year-olds brought into the club," he said, as reported by the Evening Times.

"I would like to see more young players. I can understand he wanted experience but that [youth] is a better direction."

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