Scottish football news: Celtic ready for Red Imps revenge, McGovern joins Norwich

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Tuesday's headlines

  • Hearts in talks with Tony Watt
  • Celtic boss expects to progress against Red Imps
  • Dundee United sign Van der Velden
  • Shankland joins St Mirren on loan
  • Injury concern for Hamilton player-manager
  • Loan deals for Raith Rovers & Ayr United
  • McGovern joins Norwich after Hamilton exit
  • Hearts boss eyes early goal against Birkirkara

Hearts in talks with Tony Watt

Tony Watt
Tony Watt could make a loan move to Hearts

Former Celtic striker Tony Watt is in talks with Hearts over a possible loan move from Charlton Athletic.

Watt, who won his first Scotland cap against the Czech Republic in March, scored seven goals in 37 appearances last season in the English Championship.

'Bolt of lightning rather than massive shock'

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers is looking forward to his first competitive match at Celtic Park

Manager Brendan Rodgers insists he is pleased with his start to life at Celtic, despite the surprise loss to Lincoln Red Imps last week.

"I don't take much notice," he said of the negative headlines surrounding the 1-0 first leg defeat in Gibraltar. "My only focus is the players. It's not a disaster.

"For me, the most important thing is to get through. That's what we expect and want. It's about perspective and assessing over two games."

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Dundee United sign Dutch winger Nick van der Velden

Nick van der Velden
Nick van der Velden (left) played in the Groningen side that lost to Aberdeen two years ago

The 34-year-old has signed a one-year contract with the Tannadice outfit.

He told the Dundee United website: "The manager convinced me when I spoke to him that this was the right club for me. He believes in me and knows what I can bring to United.

"I have spent 13 years in Dutch football and believe that now is the right time to try something else.

"I was sold on Tannadice after speaking to friends back in Holland and also seeing what this place has to offer. I am ready to play as soon as possible."

Shankland rejoins St Mirren on loan

Lawrence Shankland
The Aberdeen striker was at St Mirren last season

Aberdeen striker Lawrence Shankland has rejoined St Mirren on loan for the season.

The 20-year-old scored 10 times in 32 appearances for the Scottish Championship side last season.

With Dons boss Derek McInnes signing Miles Storey and Jayden Stockley to battle Adam Rooney for a starting spot, as well as bringing in Bristol City's Wes Burns on loan, he felt Shankland's opportunities would be limited at Pittodrie.

McGovern signs for Canaries

Norwich City have completed the signing of Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern on a free transfer.

The 32-year-old has agreed a three-year deal at Carrow Road, after leaving Hamilton Accies and having played a starring role in his country's run to the last 16 of Euro 2016.

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Accies boss suffers broken cheekbone

Hamilton player-boss Martin Canning
Still smiling... Canning may need an operation after taking an elbow to the face

Hamilton player-manager Martin Canning has broken his cheekbone and is waiting to discover if he requires surgery.

The defender suffered the injury when hit by an elbow in a friendly match against Eastleigh last week.

"I knew it was a bad one and I played on," he explained, before adding he will find out on Wednesday morning if he needs an operation.

Transfer news

Rangers midfielder Scott Roberts, 20, has joined Raith Rovers on loan until January.

Ayr United have taken Wales Under-19 forward Jamie Thomas on loan from Burnley until January. The teenager signed a three-year deal with the English Premier League side in June after leaving Bolton Wanders.

Motherwell striker Craig Moore has also returned for a second spell on loan to the Honest Men from Motherwell.

Red Imps arrive in Glasgow

Lincoln Red Imps at Glasgow Airport
The majority of the Red Imps squad are part-time players

Lincoln Red Imps flew into Glasgow yesterday to prepare for Wednesday's Champions League qualifier at Celtic Park.

The semi-professional side from Gibraltar lead 1-0 from the first leg and will be using the Scottish FA's training facilities at Mar Hall.

New post for Le Guen

Former Rangers manager Paul le Guen has been named as Nigeria's new technical adviser.

The 52-year-old Frenchman will work alongside Salisu Yusuf, who will become chief coach.

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