Scottish Gossip: Keane, Strachan, Izaguirre, Rangers, Ashley

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has vowed to wreck Scotland's hopes of qualifying for Euro 2016 when the two sides meet in Dublin on Saturday.(Daily Express)

Scotland coach Gordon Strachan feels he is in one of the most fulfilling phases of his career, having been in charge of the national team since early 2013. (Times - subscription required)

Meanwhile, Strachan says Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane was the best young player he ever worked with after signing the striker for Coventry City in 1999.(Scotsman)

Robbie Keane playing for Coventry City in 1999
Keane joined Coverntry as a 19-year-old

Defender Russell Martin has urged Scotland to make marking Ireland's Wes Hoolahan, his Norwich City team-mate, a priority on Saturday evening.(Herald)

Full-back Alan Hutton, who is in the Scots' squad for this weekend's crucial qualifier, has revealed that though Aston Villa team-mate and Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given is a great role model for youngsters, he is also somewhat of a prankster.(Daily Record)

Celtic will have a rested Emilio Izaguirre available for their Champions League qualifiers after persuading Honduras not to use the left-back in the upcoming Gold Cup tournament. (Daily Express)

Emilio Izaguirre playing for Honduras against Japan in November
Izaguirre (left) has been capped over 70 times for Honduras

Sunderland's Scottish striker Steven Fletcher, 28, will have to take a massive pay cut to join Scottish champions Celtic. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Barry Douglas feels vindicated after winning a league winner's medal with Lech Poznan two years after people doubted he was making the right move by departing Dundee United for Poland. (Daily Record)

Rangers supporters have urged fellow fans not to buy club kit in a bid to foil shareholder Mike Ashley, whose Sports Direct firm currently controls 75% of the Ibrox outfit's retail operation.(Sun - subscription required)

Meanwhile, former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson believes the club should "move mountains" to bring Walter Smith back to Ibrox for a third stint as manager, this time with David Weir as assistant. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Glasgow Warriors will be among the top seeds when the draw is made for next season's European Rugby Champions Cup after winning the Pro12.(Scotsman)

Glasgow Warriors players celebrating with the Pro12 trophy
The Warriors celebrated their Pro12 triumph with an open top bus parade in Glasgow on Thursday

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