Scottish Gossip: Scotland, Gordon Strachan, Darren Fletcher, Celtic, Rangers

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Gordon Strachan says he wouldn't have "any hesitation" in picking Oliver Burke, John McGinn and Barrie McKay against Malta in Scotland's opening World Cup qualifier tonight despite the trio having only four caps in friendlies between them. (Various)

Gordon Strachan is confident his rejuvenated side can herald a new dawn for Scottish football in Malta. (Scottish Sun)

Darren Fletcher won't be drawn on whether or not he'll carry on beyond Russia 2018. The Scotland captain is no mood to copy peers such as Wayne Rooney by naming the day his proud international service will come to an end. (Various)

John McGinn (right) chats to James Forrest as Scotland prepare to train at Malta's Ta'Qali Stadium
John McGinn (right) is one of several youngsters who could feature for Scotland in Malta

Scotland captain Darren Fletcher insists continuity in management will help the Scots' quest to end a 20-year wait for an appearance at a major finals. (Sunday Herald)

Brendan Rodgers says he has yet to be convinced Rangers will be Celtic's biggest title challengers. (Sunday Mail, newspaper edition)

Veteran striker Kenny Miller has backed his Rangers team-mates to turn down the volume at Celtic Park next weekend. (Various)

Leigh Griffiths and Kieran Tierney are both in line to be fit enough to face Rangers at Parkhead, after withdrawing from the Scotland squad for tonight's clash with Malta. (Sunday Mail, newspaper edition)

Mark Warburton has revealed he is ready pitch new signing Philippe Senderos into his starting line-up for the Old Firm derby. (Various)

Scotland's squad to face Malta tonight is worth a staggering £68.05m based on most recent transfer fees - while not one Malta player cost their club a single penny. (Scottish Sun, newspaper edition)

Worried Malta boss Pietro Ghedin admits he is running scared of Scotland ahead of tonight's World Cup clash. (Sunday Mail, newspaper edition)

Brian Laudrup reckons Rangers risk living in the shadow of Celtic for the rest of the decade if the Hoops rack up more Champions League riches. (Sunday Mail)

Former Celtic idol Frank McAvennie believes verbally attacking Celtic captain Scott Brown could be the biggest mistake Joey Barton has made since pitching up in Scottish football. (Mail on Sunday, newspaper edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Wales coach Warren Gatland is to coach the 2017 Lions in New Zealand. (Sunday Times, subscription)

Gregor Townsend, soon to become coach of Scotland, was favourite to become Lions attack coach but it is understood Scotland have now fixed their own tour, of Fiji and Australia, which runs concurrent with the Lions and will make him unavailable. (Sunday Times, subscription)

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