The dust has finally settled on the winter transfer window (we think) as clubs look to have built squads for the remainder of the season.

Players from the likes of Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Stade De Reims and more arrived on SPFL land, players arriving in the Championship with Champions League experience. It was a busy window all things considered for clubs across Scotland’s biggest divisions.

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Clubs made many moves. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Here are five of our picks for the transfers we think were the best during January and the first day of February.

Scott Banks – Crystal Palace to Dunfermline

Banks was hot property last season as multiple Premier League clubs chased the then-Dundee United starlet’s signature. But it was Crystal Palace who won the race and Banks has shone at U23s level.

It resulted in calls for his inclusion in the Crystal Palace first-team, but instead, the Eagles have sent him to the Pars for experience. He could be the playmaker Stevie Crawford needs to add extra spark to his attack.

Scott Banks is a Crystal Palace talent.

Scott Banks is a Crystal Palace talent. (Photo by Crystal Palace)

Jackson Irvine – Hull City to Hibs

Irvine hasn’t played much football of late having left Hull City before the summer restart post-lockdown, but he has hit the ground running for Hibs. He has provided legs and technical class to Jack Ross’ midfield.

He already looks a standout at Premiership level and given he’s only on a six-month deal, Ross will be keen to tie him down long-term.


Liam Kelly – QPR to Motherwell

The Steelmen have had no luck between the sticks this term, number one Trevor Carson struggling with injury. Jordan Archer and Aaron Chapman did their best to fill the void but it’s Kelly who has managed that best.

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Kelly has been class. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He arrived on loan from QPR at the start of January and has cemented himself as the new Well number one, his recent performances against Dundee United and Celtic catching the eye.

Jason Cummings – Shrewsbury Town to Dundee

He might come with baggage according to some but there is no doubting that Cummings above all else is a great striker on his day. He arrives for Dundee’s promotion push with great experience at the age of 25.

He scored goals to get Hibs out the Championship a few seasons ago, he’ll be looking to do the same at Dens Park. He’s tied down on a permanent basis too, which is an added bonus for James McPake.

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A lively character. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

Ross McCrorie – Rangers to Aberdeen

You might be wondering – ‘didn’t McCrorie move to Aberdeen in the summer?’ Yes, he moved to Pittodrie on loan, but wasn’t due to complete his permanent switch from Rangers until this summer. But with Scott Wright going to Ibrox this month, things changed.

The Dons have managed to get the versatile star at a lower price, bagging him for just over six figures. That’s a great buy for a long-term project who already looks Pittodrie captain material.

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