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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths will start as Scotland's lone striker against Slovenia at Hampden in Sunday's World Cup qualifier.(Sunday Mail)

Scotland assistant Mark McGhee believes Sheffield Wednesday's Jordan Rhodes has become a more all-round striker. (Sunday Herald)

Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish is not convinced that playing all six of in-form Celtic's players is the best strategy against Slovenia as there are others available who are playing higher level on a weekly basis.(Sunday Mail)

Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon has urged head coach Gordon Strachan to start himself and his five Celtic colleagues against Slovenia in Sunday's vital World Cup qualifier. (Sunday Mail)

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon, who is poised to win his 46th Scotland cap, is taking inspiration from Italy's Gianluca Buffon, five years his senior at 39, as he has no thoughts about retiring from football.(Sunday Herald)

Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan insists he still feels lucky as he faces a do-or-die encounter for his side's World Cup qualifying hopes - and his own job - against Slovenia. (Sunday Herald)

Leigh Griffiths in training with Scotland
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths is being tipped for a start as Scotland take on Slovenia on Sunday

Head coach Gordon Strachan insists that a half-empty Hampden Park will not dent Scotland's hopes of keeping their fading World Cup dream alive and that his side can still inspire the nation.(Sunday Herald)

Northern Ireland manger Michael O'Neill believes that Gordon Strachan can revive Scotland's World Cup qualification campaign. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

Alex Neil, recently sacked by Norwich City, has ruled out becoming Scotland's next team boss but says it is something he would consider later in his career. (Sunday Express, print edition)

English Championship club Fulham have slapped an astounding £20m price tag on midfielder Tom Cairney days after the 26-year-old won his first Scotland cap against Canada in a bid to put off predators after Newcastle United made an enquiry in January. (Sunday Mirror)

Rangers central defender Danny Wilson, who last won a Scotland cap five years ago, remains convinced he can resurrect his international career if he can get back to playing regularly with the Glasgow club.(Sun On Sunday)

Finland assistant manager Jonatan Johansson has emerged as a candidate for a role in Pedro Caixinha's new Rangers set-up and is the fifth man to be considered by the new manager along with Barry Ferguson, Peter Lovenkrands, Alex Rae and John Brown. (Sun On Sunday)

Former Rangers defender John Brown, who has been interviewed for a coaching position at the club, believes new manager Pedro Caixinha will have to overcome "feelings that are against Rangers" in Scottish football.(Sun On Sunday)

Jonatan Johansson
Jonatan Johansson is the latest former Rangers player to be linked with an Ibrox coaching role

Ronny Deila believes he deserves credit and not criticism for his role in the development of midfielder Stuart Armstrong, who is poised to win his first Scotland cap against Slovenia, during his time as Celtic manager. (Sunday Herald)

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila, now back in Norway with Valarenga, says Scotland languishes way behind Scandinavia in youth development because of "the way people train, the games, the pitches being professional with your work, methodology with your players".(Sunday Herald)

Former Aberdeen and Scotland midfielder Stephen Glass, one of the directors of coaching at the Triangle Futbol Club Alliance in North Carolina, has warned against Scotland adopting the pay-to-play system in the United States. (Sunday Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Outgoing Scotland coach Vern Cotter is willing to provide the "Scottish voice" that Warren Gatland says he wants to help shape the composition of the British and Irish Lions squad for New Zealand. (Sunday Times, print edition)

Glasgow Warriors scrum-half Ali Price has laughed off his chances of becoming a surprise pick for the British and Irish Lions after being the star man in his side's 35-24 win over Connacht. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

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