January is a time where clubs will look to strengthen their squads- but it’s also a period where some will look to tie down stars for the following term.
Clubs across the country are beginning to do some transfer work. Aberdeen have already made a notable capture in Dylan McGeouch whilst St Mirren have been the busiest top flight team, signing three players so far.
Each side though has at least a couple of players who’s contracts are running down. We’re taking a look at a player from each club who is deserving of a new deal.
Aberdeen- Tomas Cerny
The Dons only have a few out of contract at the season’s end. Stephen Gleeson and Danny Rogers’ deals are running down too, but Cerny probably does enough to warrant an extension.
Whilst he’s now 34, 35 in April, the Czech keeper provides reliable cover for Joe Lewis. They won’t find much better than the former Hamilton stopper so keeping him for another year wouldn’t be a bad thing.
Hamilton- Alex Gogic
Accies have no fewer than 18 players out contract come the summer. There will be a few they want tied down long-term but perhaps Alex Gogic will be one of importance.
He’s been a defensive rock for Brian Rice this term and would prove hard to replace. Gogic is extremely capable in CDM and centre-back.
Hearts- Jamie Brandon
You could make an argument that no Hearts players deserve contract rewards after their season so far. In fairness to Brandon, he’s shown passion and quality whenever he’s been played this season.
His contract is up in the summer and giving him another year or two to make himself a Jambos regular could be seen as wise.
Hibs- Vykintas Slivka
Slivka’s been solid for Hibs since arriving from Juventus in 2017. He has been consistently good in the midfield, bringing energy and physicality to their engine room.
Jack Ross may want to make sure Slivka’s in his Leith plans next term.
Kilmarnock- Stephen O’Donnell
O’Donnell has made himself a regular in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad. That’s enough to explain how good overall the full-back has been for Killie since his arrival in 2017.
He’ll not be short of new suitors but Killie will surely want to keep him in Ayrshire.
Livingston- Steven Lawless
There’s so much choice at Livingston. Lawless, Rickie Lamie, Alan Lithgow, Craig Sibbald and Scott Pittman are just some of the crucial names Gary Holt has to negotiate new deals with.
If one is to come first though, it may well be Lawless. He has six goals and four assists this term and his form will likely catch the eye of clubs needing a new winger.
Motherwell- Chris Long
There were good arguments to be made for Mark Gillespie and Trevor Carson prior to the latter goalkeeper signing a new deal recently. Now one good stopper is signed up, Robinson may focus his priorities in other departments.
Long should be up next. He’s well suited to Robinson’s style at Fir Park and is beginning to chip in on the goal front.
Ross County- Tom Grivosti
Grivosti is a promising talent in Dingwall and there’s already been some reported interest from down south. Getting him on a new deal at County should be a key task for the club.
Not only will he provide the goods on the pitch, The Staggies could make some good money on him if they get the defender under contract.
St Johnstone- Drey Wright
With Matty Kennedy looking likely to leave McDiarmid Park, Tommy Wright will look to stop other players currently on the Perth books from leaving. Winger Wright should be top of his list now.
He’s an explosive winger and only needs to add goals and assists to his game to take him to the next level.
St Mirren- Vaclav Hladky
Big suitors will be wanting to sign the Buddies keeper, and however unlikely, this is one player Jim Goodwin should try and move mountains to sign.
He’s so important to them and whilst an exit will eventually beckon, St Mirren should be offering all they can to tempt the goalkeeper to stay.