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Ikechi Anya picked up a strain in the win over Georgia. Picture: Greg Macvean
Ikechi Anya picked up a strain in the win over Georgia. Picture: Greg Macvean
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SCOTLAND could be without winger Ikechi Anya for tonight’s clash with Poland, Neil Lennon has cooled his war of words with Ronny Deila, and Legia Warsaw players look forward to another meeting with Scottish opposition.

Anya could miss Poland v Scotland match

Ikechi Anya is an injury doubt for Scotland’s match in Poland tonight. The flying winger is struggling with a calf strain that threatens to rule him out of the contest. Anya has been a near ever-present for manager Gordon Strachan since making his debut in the 2-0 loss to Belgium in the last qualification campaign. His exceptional speed on the left has caused opponents no end of problems throughout that time. (The Scotsman)

• This followed the news that Grant Hanley will definitely miss the contest with a knee injury. The centre back will likely be deputised by Gordon Greer. The 33-year old Brighton defender has not yet started a competitive match for Scotland. (The Scotsman)

• Although, former Scotland boss Craig Brown has backed Mark Reynolds as the right choice to replace Hanley. Brown, who worked with Reynolds at Aberdeen, has called the centre back “as good a defender as there is in the country”. (Daily Express)

• Influential midfielder James Morrison is a booking away from missing the November meeting with the Republic of Ireland at Hampden. Morrison made his 33rd appearance for Scotland against Georgia, picking up a first half booking which means he’ll be walking a disciplinary tightrope tonight. (The Sun)

• Goalkeeper David Marshall is delighted to be Scotland’s No.1 while Allan McGregor recovers from injury. The Cardiff City stopper has made many away trips with the national team without seeing playing time, and is delighted to finally get his chance. (The Sun)

Scotland boss not fazed by opponent’s Germany win

Manager Gordon Strachan is not overly concerned about Poland’s 2-0 victory over Germany on Saturday evening. The Poles became the first team to defeat Joachim Low’s side in a competitive match since they became world champions this summer. It was also the first ever win enjoyed by Poland over their near rivals. Strachan, however, believes Germany had more than enough chances to win the game, and will be happy if his side can perform in such a fashion tonight, regardless of the result. (The Herald)

Neil Lennon calms Ronny Deila fued

Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon has cooled his war of words with Ronny Deila regarding the dietary habits of the Celtic players. Lennon said his quotes on the subject were taking out of context. He also quipped that “chips” were on the menu in the Bolton Wanderers canteen. (The Sun)

• Lennon has joked that the Bolton postal workers will be “sweating” now that he’s taken over the manager’s role at the Greater Manchester club. This was in reference to the 2011 case where two men, who were later convicted of the crime, tried to send parcels containing explosive material to the home of Lennon and two high profile Celtic fans. (The Sun)

Legia trio face Scottish reunion

Legia Warsaw’s Michael Zyro has put the disappointing conclusion of his last meeting with Scotland opposition behind him as he looks forward to helping his country keep up their 100 per cent record in Group D. Zyro scored in both legs of Legia’s 6-1 aggregate win over Celtic in the Champions League qualifying rounds before they were eliminated from the competition after an administrative error saw them field a suspended player. The midfielder is unlikely to feature against Scotland, though club mate Tomasz Jodłowiec is likely to start and forward Michał Kucharczyk could come off the bench. All three played both games against the Scottish champions. (Daily Record)

News in brief

• Celtic midfielder Efe Ambrose was a member of the Nigerian national squad ambushed at an airport after their shock 1-0 African Nations Cup qualification defeat to Sudan. Angry fans swarmed around the players but were scared off when armed guards fired guns into the air. (Various)

• Livingston midfielder Kyle Jacobs has insisted that The Lions are not scared of any opposition and would happily take Rangers in the final of the Petrofac Cup. Ally McCoist’s side still have two rounds to navigate before they would face Livingston, who defeated Stranraer on Sunday, in the final next year. (Daily Record)

• Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster wrote out a near 2,000 word post on fans’ forum Hibs.net explaining the changing work behind the scenes at the Edinburgh club. She also hit out at supporters who continually criticise the club. (Daily Record)

• Hearts boss Robbie Neilson is hopeful captain Danny Wilson will recover from injury in time to face Dumbarton on Saturday. The defender picked up a hamstring strain in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Alloa. (Daily Record)

• Kevin Thomson has returned to training with Dundee following a calf injury. The summer signing from Hibs has played in only three games so far this season. Fellow midfielder Simon Ferry is also back in training. (The Courier)

• Gary Mackay-Steven has admitted he needs to add more consistency to his game if he’s going to get back into the Scotland squad. The Dundee United winger missed out on a place this time, while former teammates Ryan Gauld and Andrew Robertson have travelled to Poland.