Saturday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Coach Craig Levein insists Scotland can win all 10 of their World Cup qualifying Group A games, starting with Saturday's match against Serbia.

Meanwhile, Levein insists he is more interested in winning football matches than any popularity contest.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

As he prepares to captain Scotland in his 50th international appearance, Gary Caldwell admits he feared he may struggled to win more than one cap after his debut in the 5-0 defeat by France in 2002.

Full story: Daily Recordexternal-link

A document detailing Serbia's plans were left on the Hampden pitch for all to see during their training session, with Sinisa Mihajlovic identifying Scotland debutant Paul Dixon as a potential weak link.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Mihajlovic has taunted Scotland by saying Steven Fletcher, the forward who has fallen out of favour with Levein, is their best player.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Defender Alan Hutton, who will start for the Scots against Serbia, says he is training alone after being frozen out at Aston Villa by manager Paul Lambert.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Substitute Nikica Jelavic netted the only goal as Croatia beat Macedonia while Belgium won 2-0 in Wales in Friday's opening Group A matches. (Various)

Scotland's Under-21 side missed out on finishing top of their European Championship qualifying group and an automatic spot in the play-offs after the Netherlands beat Austria to win the section. The young Scots will now hope to finish as one of the four best second-placed teams to reach the play-offs. (Daily Record)

Celtic forward Georgios Samaras could be out for six weeks after being injured during Greece's win against Latvia. (Daily Record)

But Samaras's club teammate Dylan is expected to return to training next week following a broken jaw, although the midfielder has been ordered not to chew for a month.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Scottish free agent James McFadden is a potential target for Huddersfield. (The Sun)