Scottish Gossip: Keane, Strachan, Izaguirre, Rangers, Ashley

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Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has vowed to wreck Scotland's hopes of qualifying for Euro 2016 when the two sides meet in Dublin on Saturday.(Daily Express)external-link

Scotland coach Gordon Strachan feels he is in one of the most fulfilling phases of his career, having been in charge of the national team since early 2013. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Meanwhile, Strachan says Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane was the best young player he ever worked with after signing the striker for Coventry City in 1999.(Scotsman)external-link

Robbie Keane playing for Coventry City in 1999
Keane joined Coverntry as a 19-year-old

Defender Russell Martin has urged Scotland to make marking Ireland's Wes Hoolahan, his Norwich City team-mate, a priority on Saturday evening.(Herald)external-link

Full-back Alan Hutton, who is in the Scots' squad for this weekend's crucial qualifier, has revealed that though Aston Villa team-mate and Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given is a great role model for youngsters, he is also somewhat of a prankster.(Daily Record)external-link

Celtic will have a rested Emilio Izaguirre available for their Champions League qualifiers after persuading Honduras not to use the left-back in the upcoming Gold Cup tournament. (Daily Express)external-link

Emilio Izaguirre playing for Honduras against Japan in November
Izaguirre (left) has been capped over 70 times for Honduras

Sunderland's Scottish striker Steven Fletcher, 28, will have to take a massive pay cut to join Scottish champions Celtic. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Barry Douglas feels vindicated after winning a league winner's medal with Lech Poznan two years after people doubted he was making the right move by departing Dundee United for Poland. (Daily Record)external-link

Rangers supporters have urged fellow fans not to buy club kit in a bid to foil shareholder Mike Ashley, whose Sports Direct firm currently controls 75% of the Ibrox outfit's retail operation.(Sun - subscription required)external-link

Meanwhile, former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson believes the club should "move mountains" to bring Walter Smith back to Ibrox for a third stint as manager, this time with David Weir as assistant. (Daily Record)external-link


Glasgow Warriors will be among the top seeds when the draw is made for next season's European Rugby Champions Cup after winning the Pro12.(Scotsman)external-link

Glasgow Warriors players celebrating with the Pro12 trophy
The Warriors celebrated their Pro12 triumph with an open top bus parade in Glasgow on Thursday