From non-league hidden gems to players from big clubs like Everton, Scottish Premiership clubs have been busy making signings in the summer transfer window which has now shut.

It’s early in the campaign, with just four league games played. But already some of the new Premiership recruits are bearing fruit, hitting the ground running at their new homes.

Here are our five picks for best Premiership signings of the season so far.

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Baningime has signed for Hearts from Everton. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Beni Baningime – Everton to Hearts

The midfielder made 12 appearances for Everton before completing his three-year switch to Hearts in the summer. He won Man of the Match on his debut against Celtic and has been instrumental in the Gorgie side’s unbeaten league start. Manager Robbie Neilson has hailed him as ‘exceptional’ amongst other superlatives.

Scott Brown – Celtic to Aberdeen

The veteran midfielder is no stranger to being written off but some wondered whether the 36-year-old had the legs for Premiership football this season after ending his trophy-laden Celtic spell. He’s brought leadership to Aberdeen’s midfield and alongside his coaching responsibilities, is already a key figure in the Pittodrie changing room.

 

Liam Kelly – QPR to Motherwell

The goalkeeper spent the second half of last season on loan at Motherwell and won their Players’ Player of the Year. That highlights just how important Kelly became to ‘Well manager Graham Alexander last season and to get him signed permanently on a three-year deal is excellent business.

Jake Doyle-Hayes – St Mirren to Hibs

It’s another midfielder but another transformative impact. Hibs head coach Jack Ross was keen to bring somebody in that could calm play in midfield and Doyle-Hayes has managed that. He’s started strongly at Easter Road and displayed his early form that won him plaudits at St Mirren.

Doyle-Hayes has impressed at Hibs. (Photo by Hibernian FC)

Charlie Mulgrew – Blackburn Rovers to Dundee United

Mulgrew has arrived as the experience head in new Dundee United head coach Thomas Courts’ defence. He is able to walk the Tannadice defence through games and his performance in the 1-0 win over Rangers showed he’s still got the quality to sustain himself at Premiership level.

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