Mark Warburton wants improvements from Rangers; Celtic are tough enough to continue their winning streak; Richard Gough wanted to make a Scotland comeback; Danny Swanson says England “look down” on Scottish football; plus more gossip in today’s Rumour Mill
Warburton: Rangers ‘too sloppy’ against County
Mark Warburton criticised his Rangers players for a “sloppy” performance yesterday after they failed in their bid to reclaim second place in the Premiership.
The Ibrox manager felt his players should have been out of sight after going in front after just eight minutes at Ross County but they passed up several chances. (The Scotsman)
Celtic are ‘tough enough’ to keep on winning
Callum McGregor believes Celtic are physically and mentally tough enough under Brendan Rodgers to continue their winning run in the Premiership.
The Parkhead club swept aside Inverness in a physical game on Saturday.
“We can handle ourselves,” said McGregor. “It’s not just wins by four, five, or six 0- we can do the ugly side of the game as well.” (Daily Record)
Scotland can pull off shock Wembley win, says Morrison
James Morrison has said Scotland can shock England in Friday’s night match and reignite their World Cup hopes.
With just four points from their opening three games, Gordon Strachan’s team desperately need an unexpected win to kickstart their campaign.
“We have been written off already in this section, but the entire picture changes if we can come up with something special,” said Morrison (Daily Record)
Double delight for Gordon Strachan
Scotland have been given a double boost ahead of their crunch England game as key midfielders Robert Snodgrass and Scott Brown have declared themselves fit.
Brown hobbled off during Celtic’s 3-0 win over Inverness but is likely to have recovered sufficiently in time for Friday night’s game.
Snodgrass came off the bench to score in Hull City’s 2-1 win over Southampton yesterday. (Scottish Daily Mail)
England suffer blow as Dale Ali ruled out
Spurs star Dale Ali has been ruled out of Friday night’s Wembley showdown in a blow to England boss Gareth Southgate.
Ali twisted his knee in yesterday’s North London derby with Arsenal and will be out of action for at least a fortnight. (The Scottish Sun)
Gough: I wanted to make a Scott Brown-style comeback
Former Rangers defender Richard Gough has revealed he wanted to return to international football after quitting in 1993 but was frozen out by Craig Brown.
Gough, who won 61 caps, called time on his international career several years before hanging up his boots at Ibrox.
He fell out with then manager Andy Roxburgh during Scotland’s failed qualification campaign for USA ‘94.
When Craig Brown took over he decided against bringing Gough back into the fold. (The Scottish Sun)
England view Scottish football as a ‘pub league’, claims Swanson
Former Hearts star Danny Swanson has said England’s opinion of Scottish football could not be lower.
The St Johnstone player, who had a spell with Coventry City said those involved in the game down south “looked down” at Scots.
“If you are playing in Scotland, it’s a pub league to them.” (Scottish Daily Mail)
Jordan: Scotland winning at Wembley was no fluke
Scotland legend Joe Jordan said he never felt “inferior” when playing England at Wembley.
The forward played nine matches against the Auld Enemy, four of them at Wembley, and featured in the famous 2-1 win in 1977.
“Throughout that era, there was never much in it Scotland were on a par with England, without a shadow of a doubt.” (The Times)
England recall Wilshere and Kane
Jack Wilshere and Harry Kane have been recalled to the England squad in time for Friday’s game against Scotland.
Arsenal midfielder Wilshere was left out of two previous squads but his form has improved while on loan at Bournemouth.
Spurs star Kane has recovered from his ankle injury and was on the scoresheet against Arsenal yesterday. (Daily Record)