The broadcast of the penultimate Talking Scheidt was an emotional day for us here at soccer scotland.
With Monday the last day of the January window, we are nearing the end of our daily live transfer podcast.
And, fortunately for all loyal listeners, Friday was a packed show as we tackled all the latest offers and speculation from Rangers, Celtic, Hearts, Hibs, Aberdeen, Dundee United and St Mirren.
Amad Diallo’s loan from Manchester United to Gers stole much of our attention.
But host Euan Robertson, fellow dubious internet connections Mark McDougall and myself, the ever-clear Calum Woodger also delved into a bit more of other transfer chatter.
Toby Sibbicks’ return to Hearts was on the agenda, as was the now-confirmed transfer of Jeando Fuchs from Dundee United to Peterborough.
Watch the video above for all that and more or read on for highlights from the penultimate Talking Scheidt.
Diallo ready for culture shock
Dougs believes Rangers were “crying” for right winger Diallo – signed yesterday on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season.
The 19-year-old Ivorian, previously with Atalanta in Serie A, has some pedigree but we think he will take time to adapt to the Scottish game despite his undoubted quality.
Tomorrow’s trip to Ross County could be where the teenage star makes his debut – “a bit of a culture shock,” Dougs muses.
Elsewhere at Ibrox, Juninho Bacuna’s exit for Birmingham City led me to remark that you could have been ‘in a coma for six months’ and woken up to find no trace of the summer signing at Govan.
A bargain for all parties, we agree.
Sibbick is less likely to break hearts this time
With former Jambo Demetri Mitchell opting to move to Hibs, Hearts fans will have been delighted that Toby Sibbick opted to reject the Hibees and return to Tynecastle. Prime cinch beef.
We just hope the maroon masses see more of the defender this time around after his loan from Barnsley in 2020 was cut short due to injury and Covid.
Their subsequent demotion broke Hearts, but we suspect Sibbick won’t be part of a plot like this this time around.
He will go straight into Robbie Neilson’s side as they look to seal third place and European football. According to Dougs, he “impressed” on his debut against Rangers last time out and needs to pick up where he left off.
Fuchs off to Posh
With Jeando Fuchs leaving for Peterborough, we wish the former Dundee United midfielder well.
The Cameroonian was tenacious, busy and always a joy to watch Mandarin.
However, we also believe the 24-year-old’s move unfortunately indicates players are moving from ‘bigger’ Scottish clubs to lower-league English sides because of money.
No blame is assigned to Fuchs for this, but, unfortunately, it means our brightest stars are invariably tempted elsewhere.
With six months remaining on his contract, getting six figures seems like smart business for United if they can replace him with Calum Butcher or a new arrival.