Celtic 'close' to key appointment, Rangers star silent over new deal, Hearts boss sends player warning, betting suspended on new Parkhead boss with Keane hint - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill

Scotland were back in action on Thursday night, drawing 2-2 with Austria in the first match of qualification for World Cup 2022.

It was a topsy turvy encounter for Steve Clarke’s men, going behind twice at Hampden Park but earning a point thanks to John McGinn’s stupendous overhead kick.

Scotland now move on to face familiar foes Israel at the weekend before returning to Glasgow where they welcome Faroe Islands next week.

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All of Friday’s main Scottish football headlines:

Friday's main Scottish football news. Picture: SNS
Friday's main Scottish football news. Picture: SNS

John McGinn revealed the one positive of VAR. The Scotland star struck the equaliser against Austria with an audacious overhead kick. Many watching at home thought he was offside – he wasn’t. McGinn said: “I think one positive of VAR is you play until the ball is in the back of the net.” (The Scotsman)

Rangers star Kemar Roofe admitted that team-mates wanted Celtic to beat Dundee United so the Ibrox side could clinch the title themselves at Parkhead. Celtic’s dropped points at Tannadice was the result which saw Rangers confirmed as Premiership champions. Roofe said it was a “strange moment” watching the team win the league at the training ground. (Super6)

Aberdeen have confirmed the signing of Celtic captain Scott Brown. The midfielder has agreed a two-year deal and will join once his contract at Parkhead expires at the end of the season. He will take on a player/coach role, assisting new manager Stephen Glass. (Various)

Celtic are close to appointing Fergal Harkin, Manchester City's football partnerships manager, as the club's new director of football. The Irishman would be a key appointment as the club overhaul their management structure this summer. (Football Insider)

The five Rangers players who breached Covid-19 protocols will find out on Monday what their punishment will be. Nathan Patterson, Bongani Zungu, Calvin Bassey, Dapo Mebude and Brian Kinnear flouted the guidelines earlier this year and their hearing was heard on Thursday. Jordan Jones and George Edmundson were given seven-game bans earlier this season. (Scottish Sun)

Bookmakers have suspended betting on Roy Keane becoming the next Celtic boss following a flurry of bets. The Manchester United legend emerged as the frontrunner for the bookies late on Wednesday as he became odds-on favourite. Fellow Sky Sports presenter Micah Richards hinted at something happening on Twitter. (The Scotsman)

Robbie Neilson has revealed Hearts stars are playing for their future. The club has a number of players out of contract at the end of the summer and the Hearts boss admitted that his charges are constantly auditioning. He said: “Every time you go out there, you’re auditioning to stay at the club. On Tuesday night, a lot of us failed that audition.” (Evening News)

Ondřej Kúdela, the man accused of racially abusing Glen Kamara, was withdrawn from the Czech Republic team to face Wales in the World Cup qualifier. The Slavia Prague player was left at home "in order to help the investigation of UEFA and the Scottish police, as well as out of concern for the safety," according to the law firm representing him. (Daily Record)

Ex-Rangers star Alan Hutton reckons friend and former colleague Allan McGregor will sign a new Rangers contract but at he moment the goalkeeper is staying silent. Hutton said: "He’s just not letting anything away… I think he will, in my opinion.” (Football Insider)