In today’s Rumour Mill: Gordon Strachan set to be announced as new Scotland manager; Dundee United could look to McInnes if Houston joins Blackpool; Lennon hints that Wanyama won’t leave Celtic this January plus the rest of the day’s Scottish football news and gossip.
Gordon Strachan named as the new manager of Scotland
Former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan is to succeed Craig Levein as the next manager of Scotland, according to reports. The 55-year-old was said to have struck a deal with the SFA and is set to be unveiled at midday today.
Strachan’s imminent appointment will bring an end to a lengthy wait to find Levein’s successor, with the former Hearts and Dundee United boss relieved of his duties after a defeat in Belgium that left Scotland propping up World Cup qualifying Group A.
The friendly match against Estonia will be Strachan’s first match in charge before attempting to salvage anything from the already-fading qualifying campaign.
Since Levein’s departure, a number of former players - including Malky McKay and David Weir - called for his replacement to be a fellow Scot, with many fans echoing the call for Strachan to be appointed the job he missed out on in 2004 when Walter Smith replaced Berti Vogts.
Derek McInnes could take reins at Tannadice if Peter Houston joins Blackpool
Dundee United are rumoured to be pondering a move for recently-sacked Bristol City manager Derek McInnes, should they lose Peter Houston to Blackpool. The Championship side initially wanted former Nottingham Forest manager Sean O’Driscoll, who has now replaced McInnes at Bristol.
Houston, whose current deal at Tannadice expires in the summer, is thought to be one of the favourites to replace Michael Appleton, and could be appointed in the very near future as Blackpool seek to make a quick appointment.
A Dundee United spokesman said: “The club have granted Blackpool permission to contact Peter Houston.
“That’s on the basis that, as a football club, we won’t stand in the way of anyone furthering their career.”
Houston is not thought to have applied for any jobs, but with five months left on his contract, may want to test himself in England. However, the Blackpool Gazette is reporting today that the Dundee United boss is not top of the list to replace Appleton.
Neil Lennon expecting bids for Wanyama but hopeful of brokering own deal
Celtic manager Neil Lennon is almost certain that offers will come in during the transfer window for highly-rated Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama, but the Northern Irishman doesn’t envisage accepting any of them - because he’s hopeful that Wanyama will agree to extend his stay in Glasgow.
An initial offer was rejected by Wanyama, whose agent Rob Moore claimed it fell short of the Kenyan’s expectations.
Arsenal and Manchester United have been listed among the Kenyan international’s admirers, but Lennon is hopeful of holding onto the midfield powerhouse, and is set to sit down with Wanyama, who has two years left of his current contract, to try and broker a deal.
St Mirren run rule over Polish striker Mikita and remain hopeful over Dummett return
Danny Lennon will run the rule over Patryk Mikita this morning, as St Mirren look to bolster their strikeforce. Thomas Reilly is out injured, and the Legia Warsaw striker could feature in the Paisley club’s League Cup semi-final against Celtic.
Lennon commented: “We’re led to believe that, although he’s big, he’s also mobile. Legia think a lot of him and they’ve no intention of selling him, but they believe that a loan could benefit the player and both clubs.”
Lennon is also hopeful of securing left-back Paul Dummett from Newcastle on a second loan, despite the Magpies defender making his debut in the FA Cup defeat away to Brighton shortly after returning to England.
Scottish football news in brief
• James McFadden has expressed a desire to return to Motherwell at some point during the remainder of his career. The striker trained with the Fir Park side during the summer but did not agree a deal.
• Fir Park midfielder Steven Carswell is keen to force his way back into Stuart McCall’s plans after returning from a knee injury.
• Celtic could tie up Australian midfielder Tom Rogic on a £450,000 deal, beating off competition from QPR.
• Hearts are set to offer Ryan McGowan’s brother Dylan a contract extension. The player’s agent, Lou Sticca, has revealed that the Tynecastle club are keen to hold onto the younger McGowan.