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Queens Park Rangers' director of football Les Ferdinand and chief executive Lee Hoos have identified Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes as a possible replacement for sacked Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. (Sun)

The Scottish Football Association has Malky Mackay and John Collins at the top of its list for potential replacements for Brian McClair, who resigned as the organisation's performance director in July. (Daily Mail)

As it is widely anticipated that Gordon Strachan will resign if Scotland fail to beat England at Wembley, his assistant Mark McGhee has hinted that Strachan could be persuaded to stay in the job even if Scotland lose. "As a group we have to support the manager, play as well as we possibly can to give the manager encouragement and the platform to go on and win those four games next year and get us to the World Cup," said McGhee. (Daily Record)

Derek McInnes
Could Derek McInnes be set for a return to English football?

McGhee describes Leigh Griffiths as the country's most natural goalscorer but admits the Celtic striker is an unlikely Wembley starter. (Herald)

Steven Naismith launches a staunch defence of Strachan's record as Scotland manager and insists the players are more to blame for their poor start to the World Cup campaign. (Herald)

Naismith has claimed English football is not prepared to let young players develop and the Everton players were only patient with John Stones because they knew he was the "total opposite of every British centre half ever". (Daily Mail)

Midfielder Scott Brown says it "would be a dream come true" to play a competitive match for Scotland against England at Wembley. (Daily Record)

Former manager Craig Brown has urged Scotland to be confident of taking advantage of an English "wobble" at Wembley. (National)

Brown, the last Scotland manager to win a competitive match at Wembley, reveals that he took advantage of Kevin Keegan naming his England team in advance of the 1999 match, by urging Don Hutchison, who scored the winner, to "get about" Gareth Southgate, who Brown describes as "a footballer, not a hard man". (Daily Express)

Gareth Southgate and Don Hutchison fight for possession
Scotland striker Don Hutchison took to the Wembley pitch in the Euro 2000 play-off with instructions to unsettle England defender Gareth Southgate

Former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Paul Lambert believes winger Oliver Burke will learn more in a few months at Red Bull Leipzig than he would by staying in England for years.(Sun)

The new Wolves boss thinks Strachan should play Burke against England. "Burke can hurt teams," said Lambert. "Put the ball over the top of their back four and I don't know who could catch him. He's a genuine threat now and that will increase when he gains experience and composure." (Scotsman)

Ninety-three-year-old former Scotland manager Bobby Brown recalls how his team had been written off in England before the shock 3-2 win over the reigning world champions at Wembley in 1967. He added: "Late in the game we'd been so much in the ascendency that if it hadn't been for two wonderful saves by Gordon Banks it would have been 5-2."(Daily Mail)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton could move for 21-year-old midfielder Diego Poyet to replace Joey Barton. The Uruguayan Under-20 cap is a free agent after he left West Ham by mutual consent in August. (Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland back Sean Maitland has experienced a year of highs and lows, including the joy of being picked for the World Cup, reaching the quarter-final and later signing for Saracens, and the despair of being sin-binned in that game against Australia, getting injured and then being dropped in the RBS Six Nations. (Herald)

Former Scotland captain Jason White believes Scotland have always felt more psychologically competitive with Australia than they have with New Zealand and South Africa. (Scotsman)

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