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McLeish confirmed as new Scotland manager

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London (AFP) – Alex McLeish has been appointed as the new manager of Scotland, the Scottish Football Association said on Friday.

McLeish’s return for a second spell as Scotland boss ends the SFA’s four-month search for a successor to Gordon Strachan, his former Aberdeen and Scotland team-mate.

Scottish FA chief executive Regan quits

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London (AFP) – Scottish Football Association (SFA) chief executive Stewart Regan stepped down on Thursday following criticism over the delay in finding a new Scotland manager.

Last week Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill turned down an offer to take charge, instead agreeing a new deal to remain in his current role until 2024.

Mackay hired as Scotland interim boss after World Cup woe

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Glasgow (AFP) – Malky Mackay has been appointed as Scotland’s interim manager as the search for Gordon Strachan’s successor starts after the team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Mackay was working as Scottish Football Association’s performance director and, following Strachan’s exit on Thursday, he will now oversee the friendly against the Netherlands at Pittodrie on November 9.

Strachan steps down as Scotland football manager

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London (AFP) – Gordon Strachan has stepped down as Scotland manager following the team’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup, the Scottish Football Association announced on Thursday.

The SFA said Strachan and his assistant Mark McGhee would leave “with immediate effect” to give his successor maximum time to prepare for the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

Strachan steps down as Scotland football manager

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London (AFP) – Gordon Strachan has stepped down as Scotland manager following the team’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup, the Scottish Football Association announced on Thursday.

The SFA said Strachan and his assistant Mark McGhee would leave “with immediate effect” to give his successor maximum time to prepare for the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

Poland head to World Cup, agony for Scotland

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Paris (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski scored a European qualifying record 16th goal as Poland defeated Montenegro 4-2 on Sunday to reach next year’s World Cup, but Scotland missed out on the play-offs after a 2-2 draw in Slovenia.

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski struck his 16th goal of the qualifying campaign as Poland recovered from throwing away a two-goal lead in Warsaw to secure a first trip to the World Cup finals since 2006.

Poland head to World Cup, agony for Scotland

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Paris (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski scored a European qualifying record 16th goal as Poland defeated Montenegro 4-2 on Sunday to reach next year’s World Cup, but Scotland missed out on the play-offs after a 2-2 draw in Slovenia.

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski struck his 16th goal of the qualifying campaign as Poland recovered from throwing away a two-goal lead in Warsaw to secure a first trip to the World Cup finals since 2006.

Scots shattered as Slovenia draw ends World Cup dream

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Ljubljana (AFP) – Scotland blew their last chance to remain in contention for a World Cup place as Slovenia hit back for a 2-2 draw that eliminated Gordon Strachan’s side on Sunday.

Needing a victory to guarantee second place in Group F and a spot in the play-offs for the remaining World Cup berths, Scotland took the lead through Leigh Griffiths’ first-half strike in Ljubljana.

Scots shattered as Slovenia draw ends World Cup dream

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Ljubljana (AFP) – Scotland blew their last chance to remain in contention for a World Cup place as Slovenia hit back for a 2-2 draw that eliminated Gordon Strachan’s side on Sunday.

Needing a victory to guarantee second place in Group F and a spot in the play-offs for the remaining World Cup berths, Scotland took the lead through Leigh Griffiths’ first-half strike in Ljubljana.

Last-gasp Scotland keep World Cup dream alive

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Glasgow (AFP) – Scotland kept alive their hopes of reaching the World Cup finals for the first time since 1998 on Thursday, beating 10-man Slovakia 1-0 at Hampden Park with a goal in the dying seconds.

Martin Skrtel’s own goal, just two minutes from the end of normal time, leaves Scotland second in Group F on 17 points, six behind England after leapfrogging Slovakia and Slovenia, who lost 1-0 at Wembley.

Last-gasp Scotland keep World Cup dream alive

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Glasgow (AFP) – Scotland kept alive their hopes of reaching the World Cup finals for the first time since 1998 on Thursday, beating 10-man Slovakia 1-0 at Hampden Park with a goal in the dying seconds.

Martin Skrtel’s own goal, just two minutes from the end of normal time, leaves Scotland second in Group F on 17 points, six behind England after leapfrogging Slovakia and Slovenia, who lost 1-0 at Wembley.

Scottish football

Scottish Premiership: Huzzahs All Round As Steven Caulker Scores Bullet Header On Dundee Debut (Video)

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Having only signed for the club six days ago, Steven Caulker got his Dundee career off to a flying start by scoring on his debut on Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, the Dee eventually ended up on the wrong end of a 3-2 defeat against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park, but Caulker was still able to celebrate a small personal victory after hauling himself back from the brink.

FAIL: Rangers Striker Alfredo Morelos Somehow Clears Ayr United’s Crossbar From Two Yards Out (Video)

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Though they had to come from behind, Glasgow Rangers eventually ended up thrubbing Ayr United to the tune of 6-1 in the Scottish FA Cup this weekend.

Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos helped himself to a couple of goals on the day, but he really should have scored at least thrice.

Combination Play: Referee John Beaton Skilfully Exchanges Delicate Backheel Pass With Celtic Midfielders (Video)

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Celtic just about managed to consolidate their position at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a 2-1 away win over fellow Glaswegians Partick Thistle on Tuesday night.

However, the victory shouldn't come as much of a surprise, especially as the Bhoys had referee John Beaton on their side for the entire night.

Blast From The Past: Ex-Liverpool And Bolton Striker David N’Gog Signs For Ross County

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In breaking 'names you haven't heard since 2014' news, David N'Gog has signed for Ross County on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

The French striker, 28, had been a free agent since leaving Greek Super League sidePanionios in October.

BREAKING NEWS | David Ngog becomes the #Staggies third signing of the January transfer window.

Bounty Break: St Mirren Defender Stelios Demetriou Casually Eats Chocolate Bar After Being Pelted By Rival Supporter (Video)

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Never one to pass up on complimentary confectionery, St Mirren left-back Stelios Demetriou was unperturbed when he felt an errant chocolate bar hit him during Tuesday night's derby against Greenock Morton.

As the Cypriot defender prepared to take a throw-in, a Bounty bar was hurled from the stands that clonked him right on the shoulder.

Battle Of The Paisley: St Mirren And Dundee United Fans Keep Themselves Amused With Spontaneous Snowball Fight (Photo & Video)

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It took an awful lot of effort but Friday evening's Scottish Championship tie between St Mirren and Dundee United was eventually able to go ahead despite a blanket of freshly-driven snow enveloping the Paisley Stadium the morning before kick-off.

After sitting through a goalless first half, the two sets of fans decided to keep themselves engaged during the interval by staging an impromptu snowball fight across the corner of the ground.

Scotland: Police Step In As Hearts And Hamilton Players And Staff Clash On Touchline (Video)

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Fans at Hearts's Scots Prem clash with Hamilton Academical at Tynecastle at the weekend witnessed an incredible touchline melee, with the police even getting in on the action.

The incident occurred in the second-half, with the game poised a 1-1. Hearts coach Austin McPhee decided to waste some time by refusing to give the ball back, a move which infuriated Hamilton midfielder Darian MacKinnon.

‘Of Course, It’d Be Fantastic’ – Harry Redknapp Expresses None-Too-Subtle Interest In Taking Vacant Scotland Job

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Harry Redknapp has casually tossed his cloth barrow boy's cap into the ring by saying that "of course" he'd be interested in becoming the new Scotland manager.

Previous incumbent Gordon Strachan was released back into the wild earlier this month after the Scots fell short in their attempts to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Official: Gordon Strachan Leaves Role As Scotland Manager After Missing Out On Two Major Tournaments In Succession

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Not that there was ever much doubt, but Gordon Strachan has today left his post as Scotland manager with immediate effect after failing to qualify for his second major tournament in succession.

A 2-2 draw in their final qualifier against Slovenia last week was enough to see the Scots fall short of reaching Russia 2018 on goal difference, with Strachan left to rue his side's genetic deficiencies in the aftermath.

‘Physically, We Have A Problem’ – Gordon Strachan Left Blaming Genetics As Scotland Fail To Qualify For Yet Another World Cup

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Scotland were left to rue lapses earlier in their qualifying campaign as a 2-2 draw against Slovenia in their final outing saw them miss out on Russia 2018 by the narrowest of margins.

A victory in Ljublana would have seen the Scotsenter into the play-offs as one of the eight best second-placed teams, but Slovakia's 3-0 win over Malta elsewhere saw them edged down into third place (and out of the running) on goal difference.

Retro Football Adverts: Joe Jordan Replenishes Missing Teeth With Quick Swig Of Heineken, 1978 (Photo)

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While you'd be hard-pushed to call Joe Jordan "beautiful" in the conventional sense, there was still a undeniable ragged, brawny charm to the toothless Scotland target man.

Indeed, Jordan lost four of his front teeth early on in his career when he had them kicked out during a reserves match at Leeds United.

Wipe Out: Rangers’ Josh Windass Floors Own Manager Pedro Caixinha Three Minutes Into Old Firm Derby (Video)

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Rangers slumped to yet another Old Firm defeat as Celtic extended their domestic winning streak into a 58th game.

The Gers got things underway in foreboding fashion when, with less than three minutes on the clock, Josh Windass managed to deck his own manager, Pedro Caixinha, with an accidental sliding tackle.

The Pure, Unbridled Crapness Of Scottish Football Encapsulated In Space Of Two Minutes (Video)

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If anybody ever tells you that Scottish football is anything less than pure unbridled sporting excellence, then you rise up to your full height, you fill your lungs, you look them square in the eye and you show them this video.

Encapsulated in less than two minutes, here is a succinct distillation of all the complex, scarcely believable madness that clearly makes football north of the wall the superior British offering.

Transfer News and Gossip

Photo: Chelsea’s Charly Musonda in Glasgow ahead of Celtic move

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Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda has arrived in Glasgow ahead of a proposed loan move to Celtic. The Belgian starlet is expected to join the Scottish...

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Liverpool set to sign Falkirk’s Tony Gallacher

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Liverpool are on the verge of signing 18-year-old Falkirk starlet Tony Gallacher, according to the BBC. The young left-back is reportedly set to move...

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Man Utd’s three-man left-back shortlist

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Manchester United have drawn up a three-man shortlist as they seek to add a new left-back to their squad, according to the Daily Record. Manager Jose...

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football history

On This Day in Football: The British Home Championship kicks off

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On this day in 1884, the inaugural British Home Championship kicked off in Belfast with Scotland achieving an emphatic 5-0 win over Ireland.

The 1880s saw international football being played on a regular basis. England and Scotland had already established a footballing rivalry since 1872 and were joined by Wales and Ireland in 1876 and 1882, respectively.

On This Day in Football: First ever official international takes place

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On this day in 1872, England and Scotland played the first ever official international game of football.

Played at the West of Scotland Cricket Club’s ground in Hamilton, 4000 fans witnessed an anticlimactic 0-0 draw between the two countries. England and Scotland had in fact played each other previously but the matches are not recognized because of the fact that the Scottish side was mostly made up of players from the London area.

On This Day in Football: First international match in continental Europe takes place

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On this day in 1902, the Austrian and Hungarian national teams met in Vienna in what was the first international game of football not involving a British or an Irish team.

The two neighbouring countries battled it out at Wiener AC’s ground. Austria won 5-0, with all the goals coming from the Viennese club’s players.

On This Day in Football: Violence in Birmingham, Hilarity in Tallinn

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On this day in 1976, Aston Villa played Glasgow Rangers in a friendly. The game had to be abandoned in the 53rd minute as fights erupted all across Villa Park resulting in one of the worst episodes of hooliganism in Britain’s football history.

Trouble had erupted way before the Rangers faithful arrived in Birmingham.

On This Day in Football: Goals galore in Scotland, Leeds fire Clough

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On this day in 1885, in a Scottish Cup first round fixture, Dundee Harp beat Aberdeen Rovers 35-0. A ridiculous score-line, obviously, but it still was not the highest scoring match of the day.

Twenty miles away, in the same competition, Bon Accord FC lost 36-0 to Abroath FC.

England

UEFA Nations League: England To Face Spain And Croatia In Group A After Inaugural Draw Completed In Lausanne

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Right. After what seems like hours, the draw for inaugural UEFA Nations League has finally been completed in Lausanne.

If you're not familiar with the Nations League, it's basically UEFA's labyrinthian attempt to breath new life into international football by scrapping pointless friendlies (though not entirely) in favour of a new competitive league structure, complete with promotion and relegation.

England: FIFA To Lift Poppy Ban After Tweaking Rules On The Display Of Political Symbols

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Just shy of a year ago, FIFA levied heavy fines against the Football Associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for defying protocol and wearing Remembrance poppies during their November internationals.

England and Scotland were punished for attempting to circumvent (unsuccessfully) the law by wearing the poppy on a black armband, while Wales were stung for allowing some of their fans to wear the poppy inside the stadium.

Videos

Video: Man Utd starlet Demetri Mitchell ‏in training with loan club Hearts

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Manchester United youngster Demetri Mitchell has taken part in his first training session with loan club Hearts. The 21-year-old joined the Scottish...

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Video: Former Celtic and Chelsea striker Chris Sutton taken out by Stephen Craigan slide tackle during punditry duties

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Going into punditry is often branded the safe option for former players, but Chris Sutton might beg to differ. The former Celtic, Chelsea, Blackburn...

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Scottish Premier League

Celtic agree deal to sign highly rated midfielder, player delighted with move

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Celtic have today confirmed the signing of St Mirren winger Lewis Morgan.

The 21-year-old moves to Parkhead having signed a four-and-a-half year deal.

After completing the move, the Scotland under 21 international spoke of his delight to Celtic TV

“I’m absolutely delighted and it means a lot to me and my family as you can see with the support I brought through today, and I can’t wait to get started”

The 21 year started his youth career at the bhoys fierce rivals Rangers, before switching to Saint Mirren.

Scotland 2018/19 adidas Home Kit

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The Scottish Football Association and adidas have released the Scotland 2018/19 home kit. Already worn by the men's senior in their recent loss to the Netherlands, the new shirt will be worn by the Scots during their international friendlies and UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers over the next year. It will be on sale at Scottish [.

Club legend hits out at Rangers midfielder, says his international call up is undeserved

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Former Rangers forward Kris Boyd has laughed off Ryan Jack’s call-up to the Scotland squad.

Boyd feels that the 25-year-old Rangers midfielder does not deserve to play for his national team and that some of the selected players are a ‘laughing stock’.

Ryan Jack has had some disciplinary problems with Rangers this season and Boyd claims that the number of bookings he has picked up is more than the number of good performances he has put on.

The Rest

Photos: Man Utd players help Netherlands to 0-1 win over Scotland

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Manchester United defenders Daley Blind and Timothy Fosu-Mensah were both in action for Netherlands last night as they recorded a 0-1 win over...

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