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Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke has emerged as the favourite to succeed Alex McLeish as Scotland head coach. (Scotsman)external-link

Malky Mackay, Scot Gemmill or Shaun Maloney could be appointed as interim Scotland boss following McLeish's departure on Thursday. (Sun)external-link

Sunderland manager Jack Ross has played down speculation linking him with the Scotland job. (Scotsman)external-link

The Scottish FA have not ruled out appointing a foreign coach to replace McLeish. (Herald - subscription required)external-link

Former Scotland captain Barry Ferguson has criticised the SFA for their handling of McLeish's departure. (Daily Record)external-link

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is on a list of candidates to take over the Fulham manager's job this summer. (Sun)external-link

Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic will enter the qualifying stages of the Champions League on 9 or 10 July, should they retain their title. (Scotsman)external-link

Southampton are considering a summer move for Rangers' Canada midfielder Scott Arfield, 30. (Mirror)external-link

Former Rangers assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl insists "there has been progress" at Ibrox this season but says Steven Gerrard's side have "had too many draws". (Daily Record)external-link

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes believes he is facing the biggest summer rebuild of his Pittodrie reign with up to 11 first-team players potentially leaving. (Daily Record)external-link

And McInnes has spoken to each of his players individually following last weekend's Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Celtic in an attempt to maintain their focus on Aberdeen's remaining league fixtures. (Evening Express)external-link

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