Rumour Mill: Gordon Strachan to name three Scotland debutants | Neil Lennon backs Celtic to dump Rangers

John McGinn is in line to win his first Scotland cap against Denmark. Picture: SNS

John McGinn is in line to win his first Scotland cap against Denmark. Picture: SNS

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THREE players are in line to win their first Scotland caps in tomorrow night’s friendly against Denmark.

Strachan to give nod to rookies

Scotland coach Stuart McCall has revealed three players are in line to win their first caps in tomorrow night’s friendly against Denmark after impressing Gordon Strachan in training.

Kieran Tiernay of Celtic, John McGinn of Hibs and Nottingham Forest’s Oliver Burke are all in contention to make an appearance at Hampden. (Scottish Sun)

Lennon: Celts too good for Gers

Neil Lennon has backed Celtic to overcome Rangers and reach the Scottish Cup final next month.

The former Hoops manager believes nothing will prepare Mark Warburton for his first Old Firm game.

Lennon added that he believes Celtic are the stronger of the two teams. (Daily Record)

Griffiths: I’m ready to lead the line for Scotland

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has said he feels better equipped to play at international level as he looks to establish himself as a Scotland regular.

The forward has scored 35 times this season but admits he faces a challenge to become a regular starter for Gordon Strachan.

Griffiths played just 15 minutes of the Euro 2016 qualification campaign. (Scottish Daily Mail)

Houston: Hibs in the driving seat for second place

Falkirk manager Peter Houston says Hibs are now in the driving seat to claim second place in the Championship after watching his side slip to a 2-1 defeat by struggling Livingston on Saturday.

Goals from Jordan White and Sam Stanton condemned the Bairns to just their second defeat on home turf this season – Alan Stubbs’ men being the only other side to emerge from the Falkirk Stadium with maximum points courtesy of a Jason Cummings penalty kick in October. (Evening News)

Sviatchenko seeks start to vindicate Celtic move

Erik Sviatchenko believes his decision to sign for Celtic will be vindicated if he lines up for Denmark against Scotland tomorrow night.

The central defender had offers from clubs in Italy, France and Netherlands during the recent transfer window but opted to join the Scottish champions in a £1.5 million move from Midtjylland. (Scotsman)

Forrester wants to remain at Ibrox

Harry Forrester hopes he can celebrate a Championship title win with a new Rangers contract.

The forward continued his fine recent run of form with another impressive display against Queen of the South on Saturday.

Ibrox boss Mark Warburton hopes an agreement can quickly be reached between the player and the club. (Evening Times)

Smith hails Hearts for helping him improve physically

Hearts right-back Liam Smith is encouraged that his club are making a concerted effort to improve their players’ physique after the eye-opening experience of seeing his Scotland under-21 colleagues overpowered by their athletic French counterparts.

The 19-year-old, who was a late call-up to the squad but didn’t play in the European Championship qualifier in Angers last Thursday, watched from the stand as France eased to a 2-0 victory. (Scotsman)

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