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Interview: Martin Buchan on Scotland and that day at Largs

It is one of the great football quotes and generally these days attributed to Gordon Strachan. Pressbox seeker-of-truth: “Gordon, could I have a quick word?” Strach, a bit stressed and not in the mood: “Velocity.” But Martin Buchan was speedier with this quip; he used it first.

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Andrew Shinnie of Hibs believes his brother Graeme's form for Aberdeen has been worthy of a Scotland call-up. Picture: Alan Rennie/SNS

Andrew Shinnie baffled by brother Graeme’s Scotland snub

Hibs midfielder Andrew 
Shinnie has admitted to being baffled as to why his younger brother Graeme continues to be overlooked by Scotland manager Gordon Strachan.

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Scotland manager Gordon Strachan looks relaxed despite the pressure during a training session at Mar Hall. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Gordon Strachan: Striker pick biggest call as Scotland boss

Gordon Strachan is preparing to make his biggest decision as Scotland manager as he seeks to re-ignite the national side’s fading World Cup hopes.

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Scott Brown leads the way in training at the Scotland base at Mar Hall. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Scott Brown aiming to keep Gordon Strachan in Scotland job

When Scott Brown was initially considering making his return from international retirement for one game, the crunch match he had in mind was not Slovenia.

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Scotland manager Gordon Strachan with assistant Mark McGhee in training. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Kenny Dalglish: Nobody could have done better than Strachan

Scotland legend Kenny 
Dalglish has added his voice to the support for Gordon Strachan, whose future as Scotland manager hangs in the balance ahead of tomorrow’s must-win World Cup qualifying clash with 
Slovenia.

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Gordon Strachan needs favours from Group F rivals. Picture: SNS

Can Scotland still qualify for the World Cup?

Scotland v Slovenia can never be called a glamour tie – but that doesn’t mean that there’s a lot at stake in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier.

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Russell Martin speaks ahead of this weekend's clash with Slovenia. Picture: SNS

Scotland still suffering hangover from Euro 2016 failure

Scotland defender Russell Martin feels they have struggled to shake off their Euro 2016 disappointment - but claims victory over Slovenia would spark a revival.

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Craig Gordon has forced himself back into the Scotland squad with his form for Celtic. Picture: SNS

Craig Gordon sets sights on 50-cap Scotland milestone

Craig Gordon will move a step closer to the Scotland Hall of Fame if he plays against Slovenia on Sunday – something he seemed destined never to achieve after three years lost to an injury that almost forced him to quit altogether in 2013.

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Scotland manager Gordon Strachan admits his side face a must-win match against Slovenia. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Returning Celtic stars bring winning mentality to Scotland

Mark McGhee believes the return of a raft of Celtic players for Scotland’s must-win game against Slovenia can raise spirits following Wednesday’s morale-sapping friendly draw against Canada.

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Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee enjoys training with the squad at Mar Hall. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Mark McGhee: I don’t want to lose Scotland job too

To lose one job may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two within four weeks would risk seeing Mark McGhee develop a seriously debilitating caffeine habit.

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Jack Hamilton at Scotland's Renfrewshire training base on Thursday morning. Picture: SNS

Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton added to Scotland squad

Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton has been recalled to the Scotland squad as an injury-replacement for David Marshall.

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Scotland's Steven Naismith in action against Canada's Scott Arfield. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Was Canada draw worst friendly result in Scotland’s history?

There is no point beating about the bush – even by the low standards of recent performances, yesterday’s match between Scotland and Canada made grim viewing.

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Mark McGhee during Scotland training following last night's draw. Picture: Getty

Scotland friendly ‘totally irrelevant’ to Sunday’s match

Scotland coach Mark McGhee admits he would be worried if the team that drew with Canada were going into the crucial World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.

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A massive waste of fireworks as the teams trudge out for the start of the game. Picture: SNS

20 moments from the joyously horrendous Scotland 1-1 Canada

Football invokes an emotional intensity in the average fan that is only rivalled by the birth of a child, death of a relative or, perhaps, their wedding day.

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Tom Cairney, left, pictured alongside Ikechi Anya, impressed on his Scotland debut. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Five things we learned from Scotland’s draw with Canada

It was cold, wet and miserable and fewer than 10,000 turned up. So just what did we learn from the game at Easter Road?

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Easter Road was less than half full as Scotland took on Canada. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Aidan Smith: Not a night for streakers in chilly Leith

The wait was agonising, the tension unbearable. Any moment now, as the match wound down, the SFA were going to have to concede that no more folk out for an unlikely stroll in the vicinity of Easter Road on a miserable March evening could be dragged off the streets and into the stadium.

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Scotland manager Gordon Strachan issues instructions to captain Darren Fletcher. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Gordon Strachan: We will need to be better against Slovenia

Gordon Strachan insisted Scotland’s 1-1 draw with a Canadian side currently 117th in the Fifa world rankings was “invaluable” preparation for Sunday’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Slovenia at Hampden.

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Scotland's Tom Cairney, centre, battles with Canada's Samuel Piette. Picture: SNS

Scotland new boy Tom Cairney enhances reputation

For the vast majority of those involved, either on the sodden pitch or in the chilly stands, this was a Scotland match which will be quickly and happily erased from the memory banks.

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Scotland's Steven Naismith in action against Canada's Scott Arfield. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Scotland 1 - 1 Canada: Just over 9,000 see Scots held

If the intention was for Scotland players to play their way out of contention for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier with Slovenia, then this could be interpreted as a successful night in the east end of Edinburgh.

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Alfie Mawson has impressed for Swansea City in recent months. Picture: Getty

English Premier League centre-back turns down Scotland

Swansea City centre-back Alfie Mawson has rejected the opportunity to switch allegiances and play for Scotland, The Scotsman understands.

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