Thursday's Scottish gossip

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Scotland boss Gordon Strachan tells his younger players that the pace and strength of the England players in the 3-1 friendly win on Tuesday evening is what they should aim for if they want to play in the Champions League. (Daily Mail)

Strachan says the defeat by England is outweighing all the positives surrounding the national team this year. (Various)

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon says seeing his family in the Celtic Park stand as he waited to come on to face England after a four-year absence through injury was the best moment in his career. (The Sun, Daily Record)

Scotland left-back Andy Robertson reveals that he could hardly sleep after the England game, not because he was re-living the goal he had scored but because he was poring over errors in his defensive performance. (Various)

Soufian El Hassnaoui
Soufian El Hassnaoui's Hearts side are six points clear of nearest challengers Rangers in the Championship

Ex-Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia insists he is happy to stay in charge of the Scotland Under-19s, despite having overseen the Under-21s' 1-1 draw away to Switzerland on Tuesday. (Various)

Scotland Under-16s coach Scot Gemmill stresses to his players the importance of starting the game well when they play England in the Sky Sports Victory Shield. (The Scotsman)

Rangers shareholder Sandy Easdale accuses Dave King of making a "phantom" bid for control of the club. (Various)

England and Arsenal playmaker Jack Wilshere wants to play Scotland again, ideally at the finals of Euro 2016. (The Sun, Daily Record)

Hearts striker Soufian El Hassnaoui thinks his team can only throw away a nine-point lead at the top of the Championship if they beat Rangers on Saturday. (Various)

Hibs' Sam Stanton says the Leith side must become more ruthless in front of goal or they can forget winning the Championship this season. (Daily Record)

Rangers manager Ally McCoist warns his players that they must keep their minds on the Hearts game and not matters off the pitch in the Ibrox boardroom. (Various)


Tonga rugby captain Nili Latu, who will lead his side out at Rugby Park in the autumn Test on Saturday, credits Scotland head coach Vern Cotter as the man who rebuilt his confidence when he played under him at Bay of Plenty in New Zealand. (Daily Mail)