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The 143 SPL players who are free to find a new club in January

Ranks of established stars are free to sign pre-contracts elsewhere following summer uncertainty.

Andrew Shinnie of Inverness and Andy Webster of Hearts, December 2012.
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A total of 143 SPL players can sign pre-contractual agreements with other clubs this January as their deals run out in the summer.

The huge group of names, many of whom are established first team stars, could walk away for free at the end of the season.

While many are at the end of multi-year deals, the number is swelled by those who were only given one year contracts due to the uncertainty in the league last summer.

Dundee have the most players out of contract, reflecting the fact they were only elevated to the SPL weeks before the start of the season.

The Dark Blues could stand to lose an entire squad, with 23 players’ deals running out.

Celtic and Dundee United have the least to worry from the coming months, with just two and four players respectively coming to the end of their deals.

The Tangerines will be particularly keen to hang on to their captain Jon Daly though.

Among the other stars sure to be interesting scouts on the list are Hearts’ Andy Webster, Ryan McGowan, Andy Driver and Marius Zaliukas, David Wotherspoon of Hibs and Inverness’ Andrew Shinnie.

Cammy Bell and Liam Kelly of Kilmarnock have drawn speculation over their futures and the core of Stuart McCall’s Motherwell side – including Darren Randolph, Jamie Murphy, Nicky Law, Michael Higdon and Chris Humphrey – are all free to agree deals elsewhere this January.

The 143 out of contract SPL stars

Aberdeen
Isaac Osbourne, Jason Brown, Gary Naysmith, Russell Anderson, Chris Clark, Gavin Rae, Rory Fallon, Rob Milsom, Josh Magennis, Mitch Megginson, Ryan Fraser, Danny Rogers.

Celtic
Paddy McCourt, Thomas Rogne.

Dundee
Brian Easton, Gary Irvine, Stephen O’Donnell, Mark Kerr, John Baird, Kevin McBride, Jim McAlister, Mark Stewart, Ryan Conroy, Nicky Riley, Neil McGregor, Steven Milne, Iain Davidson, Matt Lockwood, Carl Finnegan, Davide Grassi, Kyle Benedictus, Rab Douglas, Jamie McCluskey, Declan Gallagher, Martin Boyle, Graham Webster, Alex Baird.

Dundee United
Jon Daly, Willo Flood, Barry Douglas, Steve Banks.

Hearts
Andy Webster, Andy Driver, Darren Barr, Marius Zaliukas, Danny Grainger, Ryan McGowan, Dylan McGowan, Scott Robinson, Arvydas Novikovas, Kevin McHattie, Gordon Smith, Brad McKay, Dale Carrick, Jack Hamilton, Fraser Mullen.

Hibs
David Wotherspoon, Lewis Stevenson, Ivan Sproule, Alan Maybury, Eoin Doyle, Pa Kujabi, Shefki Kuqi, Gary Deegan, Danny Galbraith, Sean Murdoch.

Inverness
Nick Ross, Andrew Shinnie, Owain Tudur-Jones, Aaron Doran, Shane Sutherland, David Raven, Gavin Morrison, Ross Draper, Antonio Reguero, Gary Warren, Scott Mathieson.

Kilmarnock
Cammy Bell, Liam Kelly, Mohamadou Sissoko, Borja Perez, Garry Hay, James Dayton, Anssi Jaakkola, Ryan O’Leary, Danny Racchi, Kyle Letheren, William Gros.

Motherwell
Jamie Murphy, Michael Higdon, Darren Randolph, Tom Hateley, Steven Saunders, Nicky Law, Chris Humphrey, Omar Daley, Robert McHugh, Simon Ramsden, Zaine Francis-Angol.

Ross County
Richard Brittain, Michael Fraser, Grant Munro, Paul Lawson, Mark Brown, Scott Boyd, Mihael Kovacevic, Iain Vigurs, Marc Fitzpatrick, Rocco Quinn, Stuart Kettlewell, Mark Fotheringham, Mark Corcoran, Sam Morrow, Alex Cooper, Steven Ross.

St Johnstone
Murray Davidson, Craig Beattie, Dave MacKay, Liam Craig, Chris Millar, Rowan Vine, Callum Davidson, Kevin Moon, David McCracken, David Robertson, Gary Miller, Frazer Wright, Pat Cregg, Jonny Tuffey, Alan Mannus, Jamie Adams, Liam Caddis, Zander Clark.

St Mirren
Paul McGowan, Steven Thompson, Gary Teale, Craig Samson, David van Zanten, Marc McAusland, Graham Carey, Sam Parkin, Chris Smith, Graeme MacGregor.

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