With Denmark starting with two wins from two there is already a feeling that second place is the focus. The Faroe Islands are up next and Steve Clarke’s men could put themselves in a position to be tucked in behind the Danes after the first international break.
Domestically, there is still much focus on the next Celtic boss, while Robbie Neilson is coming under increasing pressure at Hearts following fan protests and a loss to Queen of the South.
Here are Monday's main Scottish football news and headlines:
Republic of Ireland legend Paul McGrath has called on Neil Lennon to replace under fire boss Stephen Kenny. The Irish suffered an embarrassing loss at home to Luxembourg. “I’m sorry, Stephen Kenny - it is time to go. We’re now out of the World Cup realistically. Is there anyone out there? Maybe Neil Lennon would take on the job?” (Irish Independent)
Former Rangers goalkeeper coach Alan Hodgkinson played a key role in keeping Allan McGregor at Ibrox when Dick Advocaat. The Dutchman was considering letting the keeper leave but was convinced to keep him. And now, reckons former chief scout Ewan Chester, reckons he is the country’s player of the year and it is the “biggest no-brainer in football” to extend his deal. (Scottish Sun)
Jermain Defoe wants to play for at least another season. The Rangers striker admitted that he couldn’t finish after a campaign playing in front of no fans. He said: “It would be hard to finish with no fans. I’ll listen to my body as well and see how I feel. This season has been special, I don’t know how I’ll top that.” (talkSPORT)
Leeds United could make a return for Ryan Kent. Ex-England striker Kevin Phillips reckons if the Premier League side sell Helder Costa they may turn their attention to the Rangers ace once more. Phillips said: “Once they free up some money they can make a decent offer for him.” (Football Insider)
This summer will be “make or break” for Patryk Klimala at Celtic. Former Celt Dariusz Dziekanowski reckons the door will be left ajar for the Polish striker to prove himself. Klimala has made just four starts this campaign. (Daily Record)
Scott Allan has revealed his aim is to return to Hibs in the summer. The playmaker made a surprise loan move to Inverness CT and was handed a debut in the 1-0 win over Arbroath on Saturday. Allan hadn’t featured all that much for Hibs due to a heart condition. (Evening News)
Hearts defender Craig Halkett has said the players are “100 per cent" behind under-fire manager Robbie Neilson. The Championship league leaders followed up the embarrassing loss to Brora Rangers with a 3-2 home defeat to Queen of the South. Halkett said: “We come into training every day and we all enjoy it. We like the way the manager wants to play." (Evening News)
Rangers could make upwards of £40million if they reach the Champions League group stages. Football finance expert Kieran Maguire admits it is difficult to assess with fans still absent from games but just competing in the group “should generate £30m as a bare minimum”. (Football Insider)