TRANSFER WINDOW: Scottish Championship latest

By MARTIN TIGHE

With just 10 days remaining of the winter transfer window the clubs in the Scottish Championship have been involved in a flurry of activity.

It is a sign of the economic reality in Scottish football’s second tier that it is so far a story of loans in and out and free agents being acquired.

One of the most notable of those is Dumbarton’s re-signing of free agent Christian Nade.  The return of the powerful striker striker will no doubt boost the Sons’ survival chances.

League leaders Hibs have lost the services of Kris Commons who has returned to Celtic.  The skilful playmaker performed well for the Easter Road side and his departure could prove a loss to their promotion hopes.

The chasing pack have been quiet in terms of their transfers but the loan signing by Morton of Lawrence Shankland from Aberdeen will add some bite to the play-off chasing Greenock side’s attack.

Leaving Cappielow is centre half Gavin Gunning who has travelled down south to join Grimsby Town on a free transfer.

Dundee United have secured the services of Odense’s Thomas Mikkelson with the striker at Tannadice on loan until the end of the season, while Falkirk have signed the talented Fraser Aird from Rangers on a free transfer.

Bairns manager Peter Houston said: “I believe he can come in and excite the fans.  He’s certainly a player with a bit of quality.”

Ahead of this weekend’s Scottish Cup clash with Morton, Houston added: “Fraser is a player who I have been keen to bring to the club and one that we have worked hard to be able to secure.”

Elsewhere, Ryan Stevenson has joined Raith Rovers on a free transfer and Queen of the South have bolstered their squad with the capture of experienced John Rankin from Falkirk on a free.

A full list of the Championship activity to date is outlined below.

Hibernian

IN

Aaron Dunsmore – Edinburgh City

Chris Humphrey – Preston

OUT

Kris Commons – Celtic

Otso Virtanen – KuPS

Neil Eardley – Northampton Town

Dundee United

IN

Thomas Mikkelson – Odense

OUT

Matty Smith – Montrose

Morton

IN

Lawrence Shankland – Aberdeen

OUT

Gavin Gunning – Grimsby Town

Andy McNeil – career break to become goalkeeping coach in China

John Tennant – free agent

Falkirk

IN

Fraser Aird – Rangers

Kevin O’Hara – East Fife

OUT

Liam Henderson – Cowdenbeath

John Rankin – Queen of the South

Deniz Mehmet – free agent

Dunfermline

IN

Callum Morris – Aberdeen

Raith Rovers

IN

Scott Roberts – Rangers

Jonny Court – Montrose

Ryan Stevenson – Dumbarton

Ryan Hardie – Rangers

OUT

David Bates – Rangers

Lewis Vaughan – Dumbarton

Queen of the South

IN

Scott Mercer – East Fife

John Rankin – Falkirk

Bob Murray – Gretna

Dom Thomas – Motherwell

OUT

Mark Millar – Livingston

Jack Brennan

Dumbarton

IN

Amadou Kassarate – Kirkintilloch

Callum Gallagher – St Mirren

Tom Lang – free agent

Stuart Carswell – Keflavik IV

Ryan Clark – end of loan

Christian Nade – free agent

OUT

Josh Todd – St Mirren

Craig Pettigrew – Stranraer

Fraser Wright – Stirling

Ryan Stevenson – Raith Rovers

St Mirren

IN

Pal Fjelde – Byrne FK

Rory Loy – Dundee

Kyle Hutton – Airdrie

Josh Todd – Dumbarton

OUT

Lawrence Shankland – Aberdeen

Tom Walsh – Rangers

Callum Gallagher – Dundee

Jason Naismith – Ross County

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