Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad selection dominates the headlines ahead of the international triple-header with Austria, Israel and the Faroe Islands.
However the other big story on the go at the moment – Celtic’s vacant managerial post – is also a source of much debate – and even had crossover with the national team boss’ selection with Clarke riding high in the reckoning for the Parkhead hotseat.
Elsewhere there is the little matter of an Old Firm match on the horizon this weekend, plus much more across the national game as the lower leagues gear up for resumption this weekend.
Here’s the stories from around the newspapers and websites on Wednesday, March 17.
Scotland boss Steve Clarke did not distance himself from the Celtic job and has even admitted he ‘could be somewhere else’ this summer with links to Celtic continuing following Neil Lennon’s resignation last month.
“I don’t think I need to knock anything on the head, the Scotland boss said, though admitted he’s also be “delighted” to take Soctland to Qatar in the 2022 World Cup
Ally McCoist doesn’t think Celtic will be making a move for former Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder.
The Rangers striker turned pundit said he believed the Hoops would have been working on a replacement before Wilder’s availability became known and his departure from Bramall Lane.
Keane on the job
Another of McCoist’s fellow talkSPORT pundits, Jamie O’Hara, has backed Roy Keane for the Parkhead hotseat after weekend revelations the Manchester United legend would be keen on the job
Red Bull Salzburg manager Jesse Marsche admits it is an ‘honour’ to be linked with the role. John Collins has frequently backed the boss as a candidate for his former club. (BBC)
Hibs striker Kevin Nisbet has fulfilled one of the promises made to his dad shortly before his death last year by earning selection to Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad and is delighted to make his family proud (Evening News)
The Hibs connection
Aberdeen moving for Scott Brown as a first-team coach has been backed by the Celtic captain’s former manager at Hibs. Bobby Williamson says it could be a ‘shrewd move’ for the midfieldr to team up with Stephen Glass – a player he brought to Easter Road from Watford. (The Scottish Sun)
Ronnie the Ranger
Rangers’ ambitious bid to sign Brazilian ace Ronaldo is explored in a new documentary on the legendary forward and his time at Barcelona and Inter Milan. (Daily Record)
More the merrier
Aston Villa legend Gabriel Agbonlahor has backed Alfredo Moreklos for a move to Villa Park this summer. The England cap says the Colombian – who told a radio station in his homeland of his EPL ambitions – would fit in well at Villa or each of the English top flight clubs outside the league’s ‘big five’ (Football Insider)
Rangers will be ‘keen to keep’ loaned out winger Josh McPake once his loan deal at Harrogate expires says ex-player Alan Hutton, despite interest from former manager Mark Warburton at Queen’s Park Rangers (The Scotsman)