Scottish Gossip: Scotland, Gordon Strachan, Mark Warburton, SFA

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers manager Mark Warburton believes Scotland's football woes run deeper than who is in charge of the national team and that sacking boss Gordon Strachan is not the answer. (Various)

Warburton cites the German example at the start of the new millennium - "Das Reboot" - as the type of complete overhaul that is required for Scottish football to prosper. (Various)

Former Scotland striker Charlie Nicholas thinks Strachan has simply run out of ideas. The ex-Celtic, Arsenal and Aberdeen goalscorer says Strachan "played a counter-attack game and had no pace in his team". (Various)

Ally McCoist, who scored 19 goals in 61 appearances for Scotland, describes the current squad as "a hard-working group who have given their all, but are limited". (Sun)

The Scottish Football Association is not considering sacking Strachan. Instead, it will only look for a new manager when Strachan decides he's taken the national team as far as he can. (Sun)

Mark Warburton
Mark Warburton wants to see a total overhaul of Scottish football

The SFA will meet Strachan at the start of next week to discuss his future. (Daily Mail)

Strachan will ponder whether he can get more from his players against England at Wembley next month. (Times)

Bookmakers' favourite Paul Lambert shrugs off talk of him replacing Strachan and says "anything can happen" at Wembley. (Herald)

Strachan is "set to walk before Wembley", but is being urged by the SFA not to throw in the towel while Scotland still have a chance of qualifying. (Daily Record)

Interim manager Gareth Southgate can secure the England job on a more permanent basis if he guides the team to victory over Scotland. (Daily Mail)

Glasgow-born former Republic of Ireland midfielder Ray Houghton urges the SFA to consider appointing a foreign coach. Houghton was on the panel that recommended Ireland choose the Italian Giovanni Trapattoni. (Herald)

Alan Rough lines up beside Graeme Souness ahead of playing Brazil at the 1982 World Cup
Alan Rough lines up beside skipper Graeme Souness ahead of playing Brazil at the 1982 World Cup

Former Scotland goalkeeper Alan Rough thinks there is "no need for drastic action at the moment" and that any decision over the manager should wait until after the England game. Rough argues that the "lows" of Scotland at the World Cup finals in Argentina in 1978 are far preferable to the current team's plight. (Times)

Rough's former Scotland team-mate Gordon McQueen says the problems with the national team have been two decades in the making. He laments the absence of dominant centre-halves, saying the fashion is for defenders to play the ball out from the back like they play for Barcelona. (Daily Record)

John Collins, who graced Scotland's midfield for many years, thinks the team are still in with a shout of qualifying at this stage, but warns that they are not creating enough chances in the final third. (National)

Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall insists the whole squad is behind Strachan and says the manager's hunger "hasn't diminished". (Daily Express)

Dundee's Yordi Teijsse admits he is struggling to adapt to life in the city. The Dutchman says, "I like to do fun things, but I'm not doing them here. I am completely alone and it is hard work." (Sun)

Scottish clubs playing in the Europa League will benefit from a £54m cash boost for the competition by the European Club Association. (Daily Record)

Jai Quitongo
Will Morton choose to cash in on Jai Quitongo or would they prefer him to help them in the Championship?

Scotland scout Steven Pressley is in the running to be manager of Shrewsbury Town. (Sun)

Hull City have made enquiries to Morton about talented 19-year-old winger Jai Quitongo. He was the subject of a failed £100,000 bid by Doncaster Rovers last summer. (Daily Mail)

Hibernian Ladies' head coach Chris Roberts feels that his players produced a "much improved performance" in the second leg of their Women's Champions League last-32 tie against Bayern Munich. They lost 4-1 in Germany, 10-1 on aggregate. (Times)

Paris Saint-Germain had a scout at France Under-21s' match against Northern Ireland to watch Celtic's Moussa Dembele, a player they released four years ago. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Ricky Burns' potential next opponent, the American Adrien Broner, posted what appeared to be suicidal messages on social media, putting in doubt a Las Vegas defence of the Scot's WBA super-lightweight title next year. (Sun)

Arguably Scottish rugby's most exciting player, Stuart Hogg says "there is nowhere else" he would rather be after agreeing a deal to stay at Glasgow Warriors until 2019. (National)

Scottish Golf is looking for a new performance manager after Steve Paulding, who has been at the organisation for seven years, landed the role of national performance institute director at British Athletics. (Scotsman)

Clermont-Auvergne sporting director Franck Azema describes the signing of Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw as "great news that the club is going to have one of the best players and top scorers in the world in his position". (Scotsman)

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