Scottish Gossip: Alan Hutton, Scott Brown, Scotland, Simunovic

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Aston Villa right-back Alan Hutton, 31, has told Scotland coach Gordon Strachan he no longer wants to be considered for international selection. (Sunday Herald)

Strachan admits to being somewhat surprised at Hutton's retirement from the national team. (Scotsman)

Scott Brown, who has come out of international retirement, may struggle to be fit for Scotland's match against England on Friday after being subbed during Celtic's win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday. (Sunday Express)

Alan Hutton, Scott Brown and Kenny Miller
Hutton (left) will not face England, Brown (centre) is a doubt while Miller (right) will be a pundit at Wembley

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said it was unusual for his captain Brown to require a substitution and added: "It's a sore one. Even if Scott does get knocks, he doesn't come off easy." (Mail on Sunday)

Midfielder Brown, 31, is a major doubt for the World Cup qualifying match and faces a race against time to be fit for Wembley. (Sun)

Defender Jozo Simunovic does not want to leave Celtic in the January transfer window, despite interest from several clubs. (Sunday Herald)

Jozo Simunovic
Simunovic came close to joining Torino in the summer

Rangers and former Scotland forward Kenny Miller, 36, will be a TV pundit for Friday's match but admits he would "love to be out there" on the pitch.(Sunday Mail)

England interim manager Gareth Southgate is expected to be given the job permanently if his side beat Scotland. (Mail on Sunday)

Rangers defender Clint Hill, 38, believes players extending their careers into their 40s could become the norm in football over the next decade. (Sunday Mail)

TENNIS GOSSIP

Andy Murray hailed daughter Sophia for giving him the inspiration to become world number one. (Sunday Mail)

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