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STEWART FOR DONS, O’HALLORAN’S PERTH RETURN, YOUNG CELT MOVES, HIBS’ NEW SWOOP, PAISLEY DEAL

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GREG STEWART has agreed a loan deal to return to Aberdeen for the second half of the season.

The Birmingham City striker spent the first part of the campaign with Kilmarnock, but has been lured back to Pittodrie where he oerformed last term.

Stewart, 28, will be a free agent in the summer when his St Andrews contract expires.

The Midlands club paid £500,000 for the player to take him from Dundee in the summer of 2016.

He will be available for the Dons’ Scottish Cup-tie against Stenhousemuir today, subject to getting international clearance.

MICHAEL O’HALLORAN has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal with former club St Johnstone after spending the last six months with Australian A-League outfit Melbourne City.

The pacy winger first joined the Perth club in January 2014 and scored a total of 16 goals in 90 games and was part of the side that won the Scottish Cup in his first season.

He left the Saints at the end of the 2016 winter transfer window to sign for Rangers for a fee of around £500,000, but failed to make an impact at Ibrox.

O’Halloran returned to McDiarmid Park on loan for most of 2017-18, scoring five times, but opted to try his luck in Australia in June last year when he penned a two-year deal with Melbourne City.

His time at the club was wrecked by an early hamstring injury and he left earlier this month after making just three appearances off the bench.

He said: “It’s great to be back. It was an easy decision because the club has always felt like the right fit for me.

“I feel really comfortable here playing under a manager who has had a huge influence on my career. I think it’s obvious that I’ve played my best football here at Saints.”

CRASH, BANG, WALLOP – WHAT A DEBUT…Jack Aitchison scores against Motherwell on his first appearance in 2016.

CELTIC’S teenage striker Jack Aitchison has joined Alloa on loan for the remainder of the season.

The youngster has gone straight into the squad to face Premiership St Mirren in this afternoon’s Scottish Cup confrontation.

Aitchison became the youngest player to represent and score for the Hoops in a competitive match in 2016 at the age of 16 and 71 days.

The highly-rated prospect came on as a late substitute in Ronny Deila’s last match as manager and claimed the seventh goal in a landslide 7-0 win over Motherwell at Parkhead in the final game of the season.

Aitchison joined Dumbarton in a temporary switch at the start of the term, but made only four appearances for the League One side.

HIBS boss Neil Lennon is closing in on Belgium Under-21 midfielder Stephane Omeonga and hopes to seal a loan move from Genoa.

The Easter Road gaffer has confirmed the club are in advanced talks and hopes the deal can be completed this weekend.

Omeonga, 22, joined Genoa from Avellino in 2017 – having graduated from the academy at Anderlecht.

He has made four appearances for the club this season.

Lennon has also landed Celtic midfielder Scott Allan on a three-year pre-contract deal which will be activated in June when he is free to leave the Parkhead side.

The ex-Hoops manager, however, hopes to get the player in before the current window closes and both clubs are in negotiations.

DERBY COUNTY winger Kyle McAllister has rejoined St Mirren on a loan deal until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old forward, a product of the Paisley side’s youth academy, made 17 first team appearances before joining the English Championship outfit in January 2017.

McAllister could make his second debut for the Saints in the Scottish Cup-tie Alloa this afternoon.

Boss Oran Kearney said: “I’m very pleased to have Kyle in. Number one, you want to get good players in, but I also think it’s very important to have people who have come through the club and know what it is about.

“Kyle had a great start to his career here and got his move to Derby. He’s someone I’ve been aware of sine I joined the club with people talking about him.

“He’s fully fit at this point in time and we can’t wait to get him in and get him started.”

St Mirren have also agreed a loan deal with Bournemouth ‘keeper Jordan Holmes, who has joined until the end of the season.

He will compete for the No.1 spot with Vaclav Hladky, the Czech shotstopper who signed earlier this month.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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