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Scotland's free agents

There'll be the annual exodus of Scottish Premier League players at the end of the season with Inverness Caley Thistle striker Adam Rooney topping the bill of wanted men.

The Dublin born forward has already attracted interest from Russian club Kuban Krasnodar, Young Boys of Berne and Hibs and the Highlanders already rejected a £100,000 offer from Kuban in January, a move that would have seen Rooney join football's rich list.

However, he could now be in an even stronger position at the end of the campaign as he'll be free to move for nothing which could alert more clubs to his availability.

Rooney is one of 13 Caley players in the final months of their current contracts, so it could well be a summer of change for manager Terry Butcher although he'll be pulling out all the stops to retain his star striker.

Celtic aces Mark Wilson, Georgios Samaras, Andreas Hinkel, Freddie Ljungberg and Ben Hutchinson will all be free agents at the end of the season while Fraser Forster's loan comes to an end then as well.

Samaras, who netted twice in the New Year Old Firm victory over Rangers, is sure to be in demand and has already been, linked with Italian sides Sampdoria and Juventus. The Greece international has drifted in and out of Neil Lennon's side this season battling for a starting role with Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes.

Rangers boss Walter Smith, who pulled off a January surprise by landing bad boy El Hadji Diouf on loan from Blackburn Rovers, at least saw a return on striker Kenny Miller during the window, but could lose David Weir.

Miller's move to Turkish side Bursaspor prompted a move for Dundee United's David Goodwillie which was quickly rejected by the Tannadice club, but at 40, Weir is unlikely to generate considerable interest if he was to part way with the Light Blues, although a coaching or managerial position is something that could well interest him.

Hearts, one of Weir's former clubs, have been mounting the most serious challenge to the Old Firm this term and have most of their stars tied to long term deals. However, Rudi Skacel, who returned to Tynecastle for a second spell earlier this season, is in the final months of his Jambos contract.

The Czech Republic international has impressed on his return to Gorgie Road pitching in with vital strikes and is sure to be in demand during the close season.

Ismael Bouzid, Ruben Palazuelos, Ian Black and Ryan Stevenson would also be free to go at the end of the current campaign although Jim Jefferies will be reluctant to see his squad shrink. Across the capital divide there are more than 11 players in the final months of their contracts at Hibs. Colin Calderwood has struggled since his Easter Road appointment and if he's given the time to shine there could be scope for a major squad overhaul.

Former Celtic players Derek Riordan and Liam Miller will likely have a few clubs to choose from at the end of the season if they fail to extend their stays at Hibs.

Aberdeen boss Craig Brown, who saw his honeymoon period end when the Dons lost 4-1 to Celtic in the CIS Cup semi-final clash, will tinker with his squad in the summer.

Nine of the current first team Pittodrie squad could leave for free with Chris Maguire, who recently won his first full Scotland call-up, already linked with several clubs including Blackburn Rovers. Maguire has clearly blossomed under Brown's early guidance but a move to the Premier League is a step too far at this stage of his career and would be better served to continue to learn his craft in the SPL.

Aberdeen's New Firm rivals Dundee United will be keen to retain winger Craig Conway who heads up a group of seven players now in the final stages of their contracts. Conway was the subject of a late bid from Rangers while Middlesbrough and Cardiff City have previously expressed an interest and it's no wonder considering he's a match winner on his day.

Kilmarnock, one of the surprise packages of the season, will undoubtedly lose Alexei Eremenko who has impressed on loan from Ukrainian side Metalist Kharkiv. The Finland international's displays have sparked speculation that clubs like Celtic could be set to pounce.

Killie boss Mixu Paatelainen, who lost Conor Sammon to Wigan, has another six players out of contract at the end of the season but has vowed to keep playing them even if they don't sign on again.

New Motherwell boss Stuart McCall is still finding his feet in management in Scotland but will need to make quick decisions on Stephen Craigan, Steve Jennings and Lee Hollis. John Sutton is another player who could leave Fir Park for free and has ambitions to prove his worth in England. Hamilton, who are battling against the drop, have four potential free agents on their books with Mickael Antoine-Curier the pick of the bunch.

St Mirren, who are also fighting for survival, have a staggering 18 players counting down the weeks on their existing agreements which will be giving Buddies boss Danny Lennon plenty to consider; while St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes will be keen to resign Michael Duberry, who might be entering the final years of his career at 35 but his experience remains vital for the Perth club.

There's certainly plenty on offer in Scotland if clubs are in the market for a bargain buy new recruit.

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