An SFA source indicated to The Daily Telegraph that talks were continuing, adding: “We’re comfortable with where we are.”
The SFA’s lease of Hampden from Queen’s Park expires in June next year, when the ground will be one of venues for the finals of Euro 2020, sharing Group D games with Wembley Stadium and also accommodating one match in the round of 16 on June 30.
More immediately, there is a full card of Scottish Premiership action this weekend, with Celtic out in front again. During the January transfer window the champions brought in striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo, midfielder Maryan Shved and two defenders from the United States, Andrew Gutman and Manny Perez.
They also undertook loan deals for Jeremy Toljan, the Borussia Dortmund full-back, plus striker Timothy Weah from Paris St-Germain and West Bromwich Albion midfielder Oliver Burke.
Toljan got his first sight of Celtic’s training ground on Friday, having taken a pay cut in order to get game time. “He has sacrificed his own wages and money to come here, which shows a sign that he is hungry to get his career back on track again,” said Brendan Rodgers, the Celtic manager. “He recognises that this is a big club which gives him the opportunity to do that. It is a great attitude to start with and I look forward to working with him.”
Rodgers, nevertheless, revealed that he has been wary of having too large a contingent of loan players in his squad. “Even if they are the right types I am conscious that I don’t want too many loan players,” he said. “That is something you have to be really careful of because it is a different mentality.