St Mirren haven announced the signing of Celtic forward Paul McGowan on a permanent basis, reports STV.
A product of the Celtic youth academy, he spent last season on loan at St Mirren Park and has now signed a two-year contract with the Paisley club.
McGowan joined the Hoops in 2005, making his debut against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in September, 2007, and has made domestic appearances as well as featuring in Champions League and Europa League games.
After previous loan spells at both Greenock Morton and Hamilton Academicals the 23-year-old joined the Buddies last summer, going on to make 35 appearances with six goals as Danny Lennon´s side successfully managed to avoid relegation.
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Kayal deal a priority.
The Glasgow Evening Times says that Neil Lennon will this week step up his efforts in a bid to secure the services of Beram Kayal, at least for one more season.
The Israeli midfielder, recently courted by several English clubs, was a revelation at Parkhead during the 2010/11 campaign and his agent opened talks with Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell last week regarding improved terms.
The 23-year-old former Maccabi Haifa player currently earns around £7,000 per week, but is set to become one of the club´s highest-paid players as Lennon tries to convince him he intends bringing in more quality.
“We are trying to bring extra quality to the squad and improve things for next season,” said the Celtic boss. “Hopefully that will show people we are moving in the right direction.”
Hoops pipped for Bothroyd.
A report in The Sun claims Celtic have missed out in the race to sign out-of-contract Cardiff City striker Jay Bothroyd.
The 28-year-old free agent appears to be on his way to Everton, with manager David Moyes hoping he can have the same effect as Jermaine Beckford who was signed from Leeds United on a free transfer a year ago. Beckford went on to score 10 goals in all competitions last season despite spending much of it on the bench.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon was hopeful of persuading Bothroyd, who has one full cap for England and netted 20 times last season, to join his former Cardiff teammates Joe Ledley and Adam Matthews at Celtic Park, but will now turn his attention elsewhere.