Pedro Mendes Joins Glasgow Rangers: Celtic Sign Glenn Loovens

Andrew McNairSenior Writer IAugust 15, 2008

With kick off on week two of the Scottish Premier League just hours a way the transfer activity involving Scotland's top two is in overdrive.

Rangers yesterday announced the signing of Portsmouth's Portuguese midfielder Pedro Mendes. The former Tottenham Hotspur player has been brought in for £3m to add some creativity to the Rangers midfield.

I'm personally really happy with this deal as I feel he is a classy player, who as we all know, has a hell of shot on him.

I'm looking forward to shouting shooooooooooooot already!!!

Twice capped by Portugal and with his English Premier League experience he'll add plenty to the Rangers squad and at £3m in today's market we really have a bargain.

On the other side of town, Cardiff's Glenn Loovens has opted to join Celtic ahead of Rangers due to the offer of European football at Celtic Park.

The Dutchman has joined for a reported £2.5m and will add to an already impressive Celtic defence. One wonders who, if anyone, will make way in the Celtic defence on Sunday at Dundee United.

So the lad has chosen Celtic and I can't blame him. European football is a big deal and Rangers really only have themselves to blame.

The Gers have reportedly also agreed a deal with Fulham for Steve Davis. The Northern Ireland international spent the second half of last season on loan at Ibrox but the clubs have been struggling to agree a fee since his return to Fulham.

£3m is the reported figure and Davis alongside Mendes will really toughen up that weak Rangers midfield.

United States international Maurice Edu is also being linked to Rangers this morning. I don't know too much about the Toronto player but the reported figure of £2.5m seems a bit steep after spending £6m on two midfielders in 24 hours.

There have been a few Americans at Rangers over the years with Claudio Reyna impressing during his spell at the club.

Should the rumours be true, 22 year old Edu will join fellow American DeMarcus Beasley at the Gers.

Things are looking up at Ibrox and I'm slowly starting to get my excitement back for this season.

Rangers play Hearts at Ibrox today and I'm expecting three points!