Five Scottish Premiership free agents who Portsmouth could target this summer - from Rangers, Kilmarnock and Motherwell

Dipping into the Scottish transfer market is something Kenny Jackett hasn’t done much during his time as Pompey boss.
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In his three years in the Fratton Park driving seat, the manager’s only recruited one player north of the border – Ross McCrorie.

The Scotland under-21 captain was signed on a season-long loan from Rangers last summer and has made 22 appearances this campaign.

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However, there have been other players in Caledonia who Jackett has targeted but been unable to prise to the south coast.

Gary Mackay-Steven was on the cusp of joining the Blues last summer.

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With transfer funds set to be tight in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis, free agents will be fundamental if Pompey want to improve their squad.

Andy Halliday has been released by Rangers. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty ImagesAndy Halliday has been released by Rangers. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images
Andy Halliday has been released by Rangers. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

And we’ve looked at five Scottish Premiership players who could fit the bill...

Alex Gogic – Hamilton

Playing for a side that finished second bottom in the SPL doesn’t exactly scream out as a signing that would improve Pompey.

However, Gogic is reported to be a wanted man by clubs in England, as well as Jack Ross’ Hibernian, after being Hamilton’s star man this season.

Jordan Rossiter. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty ImagesJordan Rossiter. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images
Jordan Rossiter. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images
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According to Wyscout statistics, the Cypriot won more defensive duels (327) and made more interceptions (268) than any other player in the division.

Centre-back is an area of Pompey’s squad that could need strengthening with the futures of Christian Burgess and Sean Raggett both uncertain.

In terms of wages, you’d suspect Gogic’s would be fairly affordable.

Andy Halliday – Rangers

Scotland defender Stephen O'Donnel has turned down a new deal at Killmarnock. Picture: ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)Scotland defender Stephen O'Donnel has turned down a new deal at Killmarnock. Picture: ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Scotland defender Stephen O'Donnel has turned down a new deal at Killmarnock. Picture: ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The utility man’s release from Ibrox has already been confirmed.

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And with Halliday already stating he couldn’t face playing for another side against Rangers then a move south of the border could be on the cards.

Halliday featured only 12 times for the Gers this term, although played regularly during his previous three seasons at the club.

Ex-Rangers defender Alan Hutton believes the 28-year-old will be in high demand with English clubs this summer.

Having played in the Championship with Middlesbrough and Blackpool, it’s level he can certainly perform at.

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Halliday’s a versatile player able to operate in midfield and left-back. He’s also in the prime years of his career and would add experience and leadership.

Stephen O’Donnell – Kilmarnock

Killie have confirmed that the right-back has turned down a new contract and will leave the club this summer.

O’Donnell’s spent three years at Rugby Park, after arriving on a free transfer from Luton in 2017.

He’s been a key player and has become a regular starter for Scotland, having won 11 caps since his debut in 2018.

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O’Donnell is hungry to test himself at a higher level and has admitted he’d ‘love a crack at the English Championship’ after rejecting a switch to Oxford in January.

Pompey could provide him with that platform should they be promoted.

With McCrorie’s loan from Rangers expiring at the end of the season, James Bolton will be the only senior right-back at Fratton Park. O’Donnell could provide strong competition.

Jordan Rossiter – Rangers

In truth, any side that signs the midfielder will be taking a risk given his injury record.

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But if Rossiter could remain fit and get a sustained run of games under his belt then he’d be an asset for plenty of clubs.

The 23-year-old was highly regarded when he came through the ranks at Liverpool, while Mark Warburton was full of praise after Rossiter signed for Rangers in 2016.

It didn’t quite work out for him at Ibrox but he started this season on loan at Fleetwood in superb form.

Rossiter featured 19 times before suffering a knee injury, with Cod Army boss Joey Barton saying he’d be one of his side’s players of the season up until that point.

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The Liverpudlian is tigerish in the engine room and would add both depth and quality.

Tony Watt – Motherwell

The man who scored Celtic’s famous winner in their 2-1 famous victory over Barcelona in 2013.

Watt has always had plenty of potential, with the likes of Liverpool being linked with moves for him in as a youngster.

However, he has somewhat of a nomadic career, having played for the likes of Charlton, Cardiff, Standard Liege and CSKA Sofia.

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Watt departed the latter earlier this season for personal reasons and penned a short-term deal at Motherwell in February.

With the Well third in the table, it was tough for the forward to nail down a starting spot but he did score two goals in six appearances.

Watt has talked about wanting to settle down at a club to show his best football.

With Brett Pitman looking likely to depart Pompey, he could provide good competition to Ellis Harrison and John Marquis in the striking department.