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Summary

  1. Strachan considers future as Scotland boss
  2. Boyd and Dickov back Strachan to stay
  3. Exhibition highlights Dons' plans
  4. Irn-Bru Cup semi-final draw:
  5. St Mirren v TNS; QoS v Dundee United

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By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

Should he stay or should he go?

That's all from us, but tune in to tonight's Sportsound on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW from 18:30 for more on Gordon Strachan's future as Scotland manager.

The former Scotland manager Barry Ferguson will be in the studio alongside Kenny MacIntyre. 

Get in touch via text on 80295 or on Twitter @BBCSportsound

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Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

O'Neill brushes off Scottish speculation

Could Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill be in the frame to replace Gordon Strachan, if he steps down as Scotland boss?

He says Northern Irish fans shouldn't be worried...

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No thoughts about Scots job - O'Neill

With all the speculation surrounding Gordon Strachan, our own Tom English at the weekend suggested that the Scottish FA should look to Northern Ireland's Michael O'Neill as a replacement.

The former Dundee United and Hibernian midfielder, who played under Strachan at Coventry City, is much admired for leading his country out of the doldrums and to the Euro 2016 finals.

Asked if Northern Irish fans should be worried about his links with the Scottish post, the 47-year-old replied: "No, I don't think so. 

"First of all, there's someone in that job who I have a huge amount of respect for, who is a manger I played under."

Edinburgh-based O'Neill signed a new four-year contract in March.

"It's probably the fact I live in Scotland that is a bigger driving factor of that than anything else," he said of pundits touting him for the Scotland job. 

"I haven't given a second thought to that at all. I'd rather not give a comment on that situation at the minute to be fair." 

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Kris Boyd and Paul Dickov

Former Scotland duo Kris Boyd and Paul Dickov say Gordon Strachan has the backing of his players and should remain Scotland boss.

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Team still 'playing for Strachan' - Dickov

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Former Scotland striker Paul Dickov says Gordon Strachan should remain as national head coach until at least the end of the current World Cup qualifying campaign. 

Strachan is believed to be considering his future after Friday's 3-0 defeat by England.

"There were plenty of signs in the England game that the players wanted to play for him," Dickov told BBC Scotland.

"As an ex-player and being in management, you look at the reaction of players and you can tell if players want to play for a manager or not when the going gets tough.

"The performance, certainly up until England scored their second goal, showed me that the players are right behind Gordon and his team.

"Gordon's passionate about his football and managing the national team and I do think he's the right man to take them forward, purely because of the reaction he got from the players at Wembley."

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Paul Dickov was manager of Doncaster Rovers

All saints semi-final

The draw for the last four of the Irn-Bru Cup has produced an all saints semi-final. 

Welsh champions The New Saints are away to Scottish Championship strugglers St Mirren. 

And Queen of the South host Championship rivals Dundee United.

The two ties are on the weekend of 18/19 February. 

It is the first season that the Scottish Challenge Cup has had guest sides from the Welsh and Northern Irish leagues.

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TNS beat Livingston in the quarter-finals

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Time up for Tynecastle stand

Redevelopment work on Tynecastle Stadium's main stand is expected to begin this week.

Hearts owner Ann Budge told BBC Scotland in October she hopes the new stand, which will increase the stadium capacity to over 20,000, will be fully operational 12 months after work starts.

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There's a "Demolition work in progress" sign outside Tynecastle Stadium

Tuffey for former Thistle keeper

He isn't the first goalkeeper to have attempted to prove his prowess in the other penalty box.

Some have been quite successful, but things didn't quite work out for former Partick Thistle, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and St Johnstone goalkeeper Jonathan Tuffey when he assumed penalty duties for Glenavon.

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Gerrard fuels Celtic rumour

Steven Gerrard for Celtic? The rumour mill is proving strong enough for the Scottish Professional Football League's sponsor to make the Scottish champions favourites to sign the former England midfielder.

That's despite present Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp having said that the 36-year-old would be welcome back at Anfield.

The Scouser has now hinted on Instagram that he is about to leave LA Galaxy and heading for Celtic Park would, of course, mean a re-union with former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

While Ladbrokes have slashed the odds on a move to Glasgow, Liverpool are second favourites, ahead of Newcastle United, New York City, New York Red Bulls and, strangely, Rangers.

Gerrard joined Galaxy in July 2015 on an 18-month contract after leaving Liverpool and this year helped his side finish third in the Western Conference.

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Steven Gerrard joined LA Galaxy in July 2015

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Scots 'can still finish second'

Kris Boyd hasn't given up hope that Scotland can still qualify as Group F runners-up for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia - especially as he believes the players are still behind head coach Gordon Strachan.

“I just think there is an opportunity round the corner," the Kilmarnock striker, who was capped 18 times for Scotland, told BBC 5 live.

"Four of the next six qualifying games are at home, which is massive.  

"We have got quite a decent record at home.

“With six games left and four of them at home, I don’t think the campaign is finished."

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Scotland lost 3-0 to England at Wembley on Friday

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The suggestion by one newspaper this morning that David Moyes, currently with English Premier League strugglers Sunderland, could be interested in the Scotland job if Gordon Strachan stands down doesn't appear to be meeting the approval of many fans on Twitter.

Who would the fans want in charge should there be a vacancy? Indeed, do they think Strachan should stay or go?

Give us your thoughts @BBCSportScot or the BBC Sport Scotland Facebook page.

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Dons highlight new stadium

A new exhibition about Aberdeen's proposals for a new stadium on the outskirts of the city is to be held.

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New exhibition on stadium plans

A new exhibition about Aberdeen FC's proposals for a new stadium on the outskirts of the city is to be held.

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Adams flies Scottish manager flag

At least one Scottish manager appears to be doing well in England.

Derek Adams

Plymouth have 'winning mentality'

Plymouth Argyle's "winning mentality" is behind their excellent form in League Two, says manager Derek Adams.

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Boyd backing for Strachan

While some media outlets and a lot of Scotland fans seem to have turned against Gordon Strachan, most players, pundits and fellow managers are giving the Scotland head coach their backing.

Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd, speaking this morning on BBC Radio 5 live, is the latest.

“For me, he should stay," said the 18-times capped 33-year-old. 

"He is hurting, there is no doubt about it, the same as everybody else is.

"But there is nobody else out there that is a strong candidate to take the job. 

"I am not saying that, if there was anybody, Gordon should lose his job.

“We went to Wembley with a game plan and, apart from silly mistakes, we could have come away with something. 

"I know that sounds stupid after a 3-0 defeat, but the fine margins that win and lose games happened with Scotland."

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Kris Boyd played 18 times for Scotland

Sutton is Saints' saviour

There are two Saints in the last four of the Irn-Bru Cup, with John Sutton being the Paisley side's saviour yesterday.

The veteran striker scored twice in the final seven minutes as St Mirren came from behind to beat Ayr United 2-1.

Andy O'Connell had fired the visitors ahead before the home side prevailed.

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John Sutton (left) celebrates against Ayr United
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John Sutton (left) scored twice against Ayr United

New Saints on course for new trophy?

This afternoon's Irn-Bru Cup semi-final draw produces another first, with Welsh champions The New Saints being the first non-Scottish side to reach that stage of what was previously called the Challenge Cup.

Livingston had beaten Northern Irish champions Crusaders in the previous round, but the runaway Welsh league leaders and Champions League qualifying round regulars proved too strong.

TNS, who also defeated League Two leaders Forfar Athletic in the previous round, won 3-0 away to the side who top League One.

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TNS proved too strong in West Lothian

Strachan's best man - Souness

Graeme Souness is the latest former player and pundit to back Gordon Strachan to continue as Scotland boss despite a poor start to the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Strachan is expected to have talks with the Scottish FA about his future after Friday's 3-0 loss to England left the Scots in fifth place in Group F.

"Is there someone out there who could make us better? I don't believe there is," said former Scotland captain Souness.

"I think Gordon is getting the most from a very modest group."

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What the papers say

Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan dominates the newspaper back pages this morning, with the Daily Record particularly forthright in calling for Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan and president Rod Petrie to stand down along with the team boss. 

As for the actual gossip itself, the main stories in today's round-up include:

  • According to The Herald, David Moyes is unhappy at Sunderland despite being in the first year of a four-year contract and would be open to becoming the next Scotland boss.
  • Gordon Strachan has flown to Portugal to consider his future and will return on Friday for a debrief with the Scottish FA, according to the Daily Mail.
  • The Scottish FA has insisted it will have the final say, and not the national head coach himself, about whether Gordon Strachan remains in post, says The Sun.
  • Teenage Celtic midfielder Kristoffer Ajer is ready to go out on loan in January to prove he can break into the Scottish champions' first team, reports the Daily Record.  
  • Manchester United players earn eight times as much as their Celtic counterparts, with the average salary in England's Premier League being more than 16 times higher than that in the Scottish Premiership, says a survey highlighted by the Daily Record.#

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Has it got to be Gordon?

Welcome to today's rolling coverage of the latest Scottish football news and it is the future of Gordon Strachan as Scotland head coach that continues to dominate the headlines.

Everyone seems to have an opinion, but it seems that the wee man himself is taking a time out to consider his options.

Other than that, we'll have the semi-final draw for the Irn-Bru Cup this afternoon.

Welsh champions The New Saints are in there along with Scottish Championship trio Dundee United, Queen of the South and St Mirren.

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