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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has refused to rule himself out of the running to succeed Gordon Strachan as Scotland boss - should Strachan decide to step down.

Full story: Daily Record

However, O'Neill says he hasn't "given a second thought" to the speculation linking him with Scotland. (Scottish Sun)

Celtic are the bookies' favourites to sign former LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard. Owen Coyle, who faced Gerrard as a manager in the MLS, says the 36-year-old former Liverpool star remains "a class act". (Daily Record)

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele scored a double in France U21s win against England
Moussa Dembele fired a double in the win against England

Ken Schofield, the Scot who transformed the fortunes of both European golf and English cricket, says he's prepared to help halt the decline of Scottish football. The former executive director of the European Tour said: "I would try to help any sport but, in particular, anything connected with Scotland."

Full story: The Herald

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele continued his rich goal-scoring form after firing a double for France U21s last night in their 3-2 victory over England.

Full story: Daily Record

Rangers have joined the race to sign soon-to-be-out-of-contract Dundalk pair Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan. The duo were called up for Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifying win in Austria following impressive displays in the Europa League.

Former LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard
Could Steven Gerrard be Celtic-bound?

Full story: Daily Record

Under-fire Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has been hindered by a shrinking pool of homegrown talent, according to former Scotland U21 boss Alex Smith. (Scottish Sun)

Former Scotland striker Charlie Nicholas believes it's time to look for a new Scotland manager but is concerned over the dearth of suitable candidates. (Scottish Sun, The National)

Kilmarnock boss Lee Clark has urged the club's supporters to come out in force when they host Premiership leaders Celtic at Rugby Park on Friday. (Various)

"There's no easy answer" to the ills of the national side and Scotland could take a leaf out of Germany's book in how to overhaul their football with everyone speaking with a united voice, says pundit Pat Nevin. (Daily Record)

Michael O'Neill (left) has been linked with Gordon Strachan's position
Michael O'Neill (left) has been linked with Gordon Strachan's Scotland role

Injured St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson will be back in action weeks ahead of schedule after battling back from an ankle fracture sustained last month.

"Murray is doing his Miracle Man thing," says Saints boss Tommy Wright. "If we need him for Ross County this weekend he could play at a push." (Various)

Celtic players are earning more than twice as much as their Rangers counterparts, according to a report into global sporting salaries. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Andy Murray was spurred on by the love of the home crowd as he made a winning start to life as world number one at the ATP World Tour Finals. (The National)

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter - who will be succeeded by Gregor Townsend - is perhaps "going a couple of years too early," according to former Scotland and British Lions captain Gavin Hastings. (Scottish Sun)

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