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Summary

  1. 'Gordon Strachan doesn't want the Scotland job any more' - Chris Sutton
  2. Jim Goodwin named as new Alloa manager

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By Keir Murray and Thomas McGuigan

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Fletchers start for Scotland

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The Scottish FA have announced the Scotland team for this evening's match in Slovakia.

Kieran Tierney, James McArthur and Steven Fletcher replace Andy Robertson, Oliver Burke and Chris Martin following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Lithuania.

Captain Darren Fletcher, a pre-match doubt, starts in midfield.

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Captain Fletcher expected to start

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The Scotland squad will soon arrive at the City Arena in Trnava. 

Darren Fletcher is expected to be fit to start in midfield, where there is every chance he will join Barry Bannan and James McArthur.

It would be no surprise if there was a change up front, since Steven Fletcher has performed well for manager Gordon Strachan in critical games in the past, and is more technically adroit than Chris Martin.

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Catapulting to success?

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Scotland are preparing for their World Cup qualifier against Slovakia. Gordon Strachan's troops are from the final stretch in World Cup qualification Group F - but training has been varied for his players.

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Scotland assistant boss Mark McGhee (left) and manager Gordon Strachan
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"Say 'aaahhhh'"
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Gordon Strachan is aiming to steer Scotland to victory against Slovakia

Boyd backs Scotland for 'positive result'

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Kris Boyd has been talking to BBC 5 live and the 33-year-old Kilmarnock striker is not joining the clamour for Leigh Griffiths to be included in the Scotland starting line-up. 

"I went through the same thing when I was scoring week-in, week-out at club level (and not getting selected for Scotland)," he said.

"It's easy to jump on the bandwagon but Leigh Griffiths has not been playing at Celtic recently either; Moussa Dembele has come in and done well.

"The way Scotland are set up I think it's more suited to Steven Fletcher or Steven Naismith (playing as a lone striker).

"Saturday was disappointing but it will all be forgotten if we get a win tonight. I think we'll get a positive result - 2-0 or 2-1."

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Boyd scored seven international goals in 18 appearances for Scotland

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Colm Kilbane: I'd play either Andrew Robertson or Kieran Tierney at left midfield. They're our two best players and we can't afford to leave any of them out.  

Alen Bowen-Statton: No chance he will never pick Leigh Griffiths to start. Also, Gordon Strachan only plays one up front.

Gregor Smith: How depressing that this is as good as it gets.

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Carmichael returns to Palmerston

Dan Carmichael is back at Queen of the South.

The 26-year-old midfielder was released by Hibernian at the end of August following a season curtailed by injury at Easter Road.

"It's great to be back at Palmerston, Queens have always been special to me," he said.

"I've struggled with injury since I left but I'm looking forward to being involved again. The team have been great so far this season so long may that continue."

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Carmichael was limited to nine appearance during his one season with Hibs

Scotland Under-21s aim to finish on a high

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It is the final game of Scotland Under-21s' unsuccessful European Championship qualifying campaign in Macedonia and coach Scot Gemmill has named his team.

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'Let's give James Forrest a spin'

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I'd love to see Kieran Tierney in the team. He was in my predictor line-up for Saturday. But Andy Robertson has to play, obviously. Could Tierney play right-back? Not sure. 

So, same goalkeeper and defence for me tonight. Saturday night's goalscorer James McArthur alongside Darren Fletcher - if the skipper's fit. 

Let's give James Forrest a spin and keep Ollie Burke on the bench for starters. Matt Ritchie deserves another go. And surely this time Leigh Griffiths up front. 

I felt quietly confident about the Lithuania game. My mood has darkened ahead of this one. If Scotland don't win tonight can we possibly qualify from a position of four or five points from the first three matches? I can't see it. Correct me if I'm wrong. 

Let's hope it doesn't come to that. But the performance in Slovakia needs to be a whole lot livelier and more inventive than it was at Hampden three nights ago. It was must-win then and it's become must-win now...

Clockwise from left: James Forrest, James McArthur, Kieran Tierney and Darren Fletcher
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Rearranged Premiership fixtures

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Games postponed due to this month's Scottish League Cup semi-finals and one of Celtic's early season friendly matches have been given new dates (all 19:45 GMT kick-offs):

30 November - Hearts v Rangers

13 December - Aberdeen v Motherwell, Celtic v Hamilton Academical

20 December - Celtic v Partick Thistle

Kilmarnock eyeing more transfers?

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark - no stranger to incoming transfers this season with 17 so far at Rugby Park - has hinted he may return to the transfer market to combat injuries to his squad.

Greg Kiltie is out for the rest of the season while Dean Hawkshaw is facing three months on the sidelines.

Clark said: "We have to find a way of replacing them, either from our squad or at this stage in the season players who do not have a club.

"We brought a lot of players in the summer but I've got to be on the lookout still because we've lost two lads who were a mainstay of our standout performance of the season against Rangers."

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Saved by the Bell

Congratulations to Dundee United goalkeeper Cammy Bell, who has been named the Ladbrokes Championship player of the month for September.

Bell, you may remember, saved an astonishing three penalties in the space of 23 minutes in a 3-1 victory at Dunfermline.

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