It’s that time of year again where the yellow tie gets looked out, silly season is swept in and the wheeling and dealings start.
Often a quieter version of its summer counterpart, this January transfer window has already featured Scottish Premiership clubs dusting off their social skills for a host of big unveils.
But who is in, and who is still needed to bolster squads in the top flight for the remainder of the season?
Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack promised fans the club would be busy in January, and already they have brought in highly-rated USA midfielder Dante Polvara, with the 24-year-old reportedly turning down the Bundesliga to sign for the Dons.
Currently sixth in the table, manager Stephen Glass believes his side can chase down third-placed Hearts despite a nine-point gap, and therefore more signings are expected before the month is out.
The Pittodrie outfit have been strongly linked with St Mirren midfielder Jamie McGrath and St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark, though even if they can entice them to the north-east they may have to wait until summer to welcome them.
Aberdeen could have departures of their own to deal with. Welsh winger Ryan Hedges is out of contract at the end of the season and has not been convinced to sign a new deal. Midfielder Lewis Ferguson handed in a summer transfer request after a bid from Watford was turned down, and the club’s resolve may be tested again soon.
Likewise, right-back Calvin Ramsay appears to be on the radar of clubs in England, Germany and Italy. While losing the 18-year-old would be a major blow to Glass’ side, the recent sale of Nathan Paterson from Rangers to Everton for a huge transfer fee has Aberdeen pondering how much they can make off their own talented youth.
Newcastle’s Matty Longstaff and Wolves’ Austin Samuels have both returned to their parent clubs after failing to make an impact at Pittodrie on loan, but Brighton midfielder Teddy Jenks appears to be staying for the season.
Celtic haven’t hung about in splashing the cash, with four signings already in the door and a fifth – Australian midfielder Riley McGree – possibly on the way.
Permanent deals for impactful loan pair Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers…