The out of contract players Premiership clubs should sign

By Cameron Christie (@CammyChristie97)

Aberdeen –

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) – Yes I know that Tansey has already signed for Aberdeen but I’m still going to put him on this list as I found it hard to chose a player who would improve Aberdeen’s team enough to validate an inclusion and Aberdeen would actually make a move for. Sure I could’ve put a second choice keeper on the list but didn’t see the point. Tansey is a terrific signing for Aberdeen, unfortunately for them it looks like he’s been drafted in as a replacement for captain, Ryan Jack. Tansey does offer them some quality in the middle of the park with a great range of passing, decent strike and is strong in the tackle. When he comes in, he should compliment both Graeme Shinnie and Kenny McLean.

Celtic –

Callum Paterson (Hearts) – This is the most difficult one as most of the Celtic side would walk into any other team in the league, however right back is not one of them. In another article, I named Lustig as the player Celtic should look to replace in the summer and I believe Callum Paterson could be the man to do so. Despite playing at right back and not playing at all in 2017, he’s still Hearts second top goal scorer at the time of writing. He would provide Celtic with a greater attacking with his pace, strength and fantastic leap (Incredible verts bro). Paterson does still have to work on his defensive roles as he has been caught out a number of times. Working alongside someone like Kolo Toure next season could do a lot of good for the Scotland international.

Dundee –

Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) – The position for Dundee was easy, they sorely lack wingers, and it was just a case of choosing which one. I ended up going with Lionel Ainsworth who appears to have fallen down the pecking order at Motherwell. Very pacey, the English man can add a dynamic to Dundee that they don’t have. Ainsworth however is a bit inconsistent and can be lazy when tracking back but even then, it wouldn’t be offering the Dundee full backs any less protection than they tend to get. Dundee need width and pace, these are two things Ainsworth can provide.

Hamilton –

Paul Quinn (Ross County) – Following the release of Tena and Seaborne, Accies need a centre half. Paul Quinn fits the bill. Whilst Devlin is great, I’m not entirely convinced he’s the best leader. This is where Quinn comes in. Fallen out of favour at Ross County and unlikely to sign an extension, it is a very realistic potential signing for Hamilton. Quinn is dependable and experienced at this level. He could be good foil for Devlin. Solid centre half and good for a goal he would be a wise addition to the Accies squad. I am unsure on Quinn’s allegiances however, given he came through the youth academy at local rivals Motherwell but if they can be put aside, a move to Accies would be good for both parties.

Hearts –

Alan Mannus (St Johnstone) – Hearts need an experienced head in that back line, they are currently a disaster. Not putting sole blame on him, but think Jack Hamilton’s inexperience is partly down to this. With Mannus, you get a leader and an organiser. The experienced Northern Irish international stopper has been one of the better keepers in the premiership since he came to sign for the saints. This season he’s been displaced by Zander Clark as Tommy Wright see’s him as the future for St Johnstone. Hamilton may be seen as the same for Hearts but he could be brought out of the firing line for a bit and Mannus is the perfect replacement for Hearts. He can go in as number one but also mentor Hamilton off the field. It’s a win win and a move Ian Cathro should look to makeproviding he doesn’t stumble upon a Championship Manager legend.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle –

Alex Schalk (Ross County) – This is idealistic thinking, but Inverness do need this type of player. Had they been able to sign Miles Storey, who’s done nothing at Aberdeen all season, this wouldn’t have been the case. Schalk is a similar type of player as Storey and would suit Inverness a lot. Being able to play him in, making runs behind the defence could and should get Caley a lot more goals than they are currently scoring. McKay has lost his edge and Anier isn’t cutting it so they could do with someone like Schalk. Of course this theoretical transfer is dependent on where Caley are next season.

Kilmarnock –

Danny Swanson (St Johnstone) – This may be some ambitious thinking but once the Kilmarnock squad is cleared out in the summer, it should free up some wages and they should look to trying to acquire someone like Danny Swanson. Kilmarnock have been turned into a functional but effective team by Lee McCulloch but I feel they could do with some quality in the midfield and Swanson can provide that. Lacking some pace but he is fantastic on the ball with a great range of passing. His service could do Kris Boyd a world of good and possibly allow Kilmarnock to push for a top 6 spot next season.

Motherwell –

Mark Russell (Morton) – Motherwell need a left back and Russell can solve those problems. Hammell is getting on a bit and is picking up a few too many injuries and Joe Chalmers is just the worst. This is a difficult one to describe as I really haven’t seen a lot of Russell play. The left back impressed on the big stage in the League Cup semi final against Aberdeen keeping the likes of McGinn and Hayes quiet. A mainstay in a very strong Morton team at just 21 is impressive and with a great potential future, Motherwell should try their hardest to make sure he is wearing claret and amber next season.

Partick Thistle –

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) – Despite the fact David Amoo is terrible, Thistle could still do with replacing him following his inevitable release. With Thistle making it to the top 6 and making a bit more cash off the back of it, they should set their sights on Jordan Jones. The former Middlesbrough trainee has thrived since McCulloch came in as Killie boss. Quick and direct, traits offered by Amoo, he would be a good fit for Thistle who do occasionally lack it. However, unlike Amoo, there is an end product with Jones having racked up a decent number of assists in his first full senior season. Jones is still a raw talent but Firhill could be a place where it is nurtured and Jones could be turned into a more complete winger.

Rangers –

Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) – Everyone can see Rangers are weak defensively. Clint Hill (who is 38) aside, the other centre halves are pretty poor. Wilson and Kiernan were shaky as a duo in the championship and the last said about Senderos the better. Whilst the money Rangers could spend on a centre half could get them a better one. I’m not trying to say Meekings is the cheap option as he is a very good centre half. When he doesn’t play, Inverness look worse off for it. He is a little injury prone but hopefully he can put that past him and forge a good career for himself, whether it is at Inverness, Rangers or elsewhere.

Ross County –

Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) – Ross County need a battler in the midfield and Fraser Fyvie could provide that. The County midfield has been lacking the hustle and bustle since Jackson Irvine moved down south in the summer. Fyvie certainly wouldn’t replace a player as great as Irvine but he would provide the energy, especially when you have Martin Woods unwilling to run. Fyvie’s lack of game time over the last season would suggest the FA Cup and Scottish Cup winner will not be retained come the end of the season which makes this a plausible move.

St Johnstone –

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) – St Johnstone took Blair Alston from Falkirk last year, so why not try nabbing Sibbald this year. Sibbald has played 100 games and is only 21. It is an incredible achievement. That many games in his younger years shows a great character and already gained vital experience which would allow him to slot into the St Johnstone team with ease. Can either play central or out wide, he offers versatility which is key to what Tommy Wright has built at the Saints. I said in a previous article that Liam Craig could be replaced in the St Johnstone team and I believe Sibbald to be an excellent choice to do so.

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