Steven Gerrard finally got his midfield wish as Rangers beat the transfer deadline to sign South Africa Bongani Zungu, while Celtic also made a late swoop for AC Milan and Uruguay left-back Diego Laxalt.
Ibrox boss Gerrard has made little secret of his desire to add another option to his engine room but was made to wait until just two hours before Monday’s midnight cut-off point to see a long-running transfer saga involving Amiens ace Zungu finally come to fruition.
Gers had been linked with the 27-year-old powerhouse midfielder for much of the summer, with the Light Blues initially quoted a £4million fee.
But in the end Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson has been able to negotiate a season-long loan, with the Light Blues holding an option to make the deal permanent next summer.
There also appears to be further good news for Gerrard with Alfredo Morelos expected to stay at Ibrox despite fresh speculation over his future with an unnamed Serie A club said to have failed in a loan bid for the Colombian.
Celtic also left it late to complete a deal for Laxalt. The 27-year-old flew into Glasgow to complete a season-long deal and was presented to the media just after 9pm.