Aberdeen have secured the pre-contract signing of Derby County midfielder Craig Bryson, who was formerly linked to Rangers.
The 32-year-old Scottish midfielder will join up with the Dons next season after rejecting the opportunity to remain at Pride Park.
The move looks a direct replacement for outgoing Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie, who coincidentally has signed for Derby.
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The lanky 22-year-old is expected to sign with Rangers directly [Daily Mail, via the Scottish Sun].
The Pittodrie club beat off competition from Hearts, Hibs and Kilmarnock for the player’s signature [Express].
Rangers were linked with the midfielder back in January by the Daily Record, with some raising concerns over the player’s suitability for Ibrox.
At 32, the player doesn’t completely fit the mould of a Steven Gerrard signing. Granted, the Liverpool legend did sign veteran midfielder Steven Davis, but he appears much more suited to a role at Ibrox.
The general approach Gerrard appears to be taking to this transfer window is to sign young, hungry British talent with considerable resale value.
In midfield, our prime transfer target appears to be talented Charlton midfielder Joe Aribo.
That said, this looks to be a shrewd acquisition for Derek McInnes and Aberdeen.
Craig Bryson turned out 32 times last season for a Derby County side which made the Premier League Playoff Final.