Scottish clubs don’t have the luxury that English clubs have. Teams across the country can’t afford to throw millions at a player, so more often than not, the bargain bin is raided as Scottish clubs look for cheap players that will make a difference to their seasons.
There are many players without clubs who could fill the void’s at certain teams. Here are four players that could make a difference for clubs in need of new recruits.
Andrew Driver- St Johnstone
Despite the winger now being 31, Tommy Wright wouldn’t be going far wrong with the former Hearts man. Converted into a left back in Holland, Driver would give the St Johnstone boss new options down the left hand side.
The Saints haven’t had a settled left winger all season, and despite being a left back in Holland, Driver would be a suitable candidate for that position.
The technically gifted midfielder is great with the ball at his feet and could be the key to getting the best out of Tony Watt. Driver would deliver regular service to the frontman, which would aid Watt’s goalscoring record.
Stephen Ireland- Hibs
Whilst wages could become a problem, there’s no denying Stephen Ireland would bring class to Neil Lennon’s midfield.
He left Bolton in December by mutual consent, and bringing him in alongside new boy Ryan Gauld would bring the flair back to Easter Road. He isn’t the quickest or the fittest, but Ireland would be a great luxury player to have. His passing range is superb, and alongside Gauld, Ireland would be able to create more chances for Hibs’ struggling frontline.
Ireland could become a great free signing for Hibs.
Steven Caulker- St Mirren
He left Dundee for pastures new in the Summer, but no clubs have touched Steven Caulker , and St Mirren should move for the talented centre-half.
Caulker has been plagued with off the field issues, but St Mirren could give the defender another chance to reboot his career. You only have to look to the defender’s time at Queens Park Rangers to see how good he can be.
Alongside Anton Ferdinand, if Caulker was able to start strongly, the St Mirren defence would become much harder to break down, aiding the Buddies’ survival hopes.
Willo Flood- Ayr United
Many would laugh at the suggestion of Willo Flood securing another full time move in Scotland, but given Ayr’s injury crisis, it possibly wouldn’t be the worst idea to get Flood on a free.
Flood endured a horrific summer, signing for Dunfermline before leaving a week later for Indonesian club Bali United and seeing the move collapse nine days later. Since then he’s been without a club, and Ayr could get the midfielder. They only named four subs against Inverness last weekend, so Flood would add some much needed depth to their squad.
Perhaps not a starter every week, but Ayr need someone like Flood. An experienced head who can plug gaps in a threadbare squad. A short term deal for Flood would be a good solution for the Honest Men.