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Interview: Bruce Rioch on why he shouldn’t have played against Peru

One of the most treasured documents in Bruce Rioch’s possession is his father’s military file, dad Jim having been a regimental sergeant-major with the Scots Guards. The file runs to 268 pages, covering many different postings, which ensured young Bruce could enjoy the school run in a tank. For an extract, the former Scotland captain chooses three words from the opening testimony penned by the old man’s commanding officer: “Loyal, sober, exemplary.”

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Willie Johnston, pictured shortly after failing his drugs test in Argentina. Picture: SNS.

Willie Johnston: “I’ll always be remembered for being sent home from Argentina’

It has become some sort of word-association torment that has afflicted Willie Johnston for 40 years. He knows it will for the rest of his days.

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Billy Stark appointed Scotland national youth team coach

Billy Stark has been named Scotland’s new national youth team coach, succeeding Donald Park who announced his intention to step down from the role earlier this year.

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Scot Gemmill promotes Clean Sport Week in Edinburgh yesterday ahead of the Toulon Tournament. Picture: SNS.

Scot Gemmill lays down tough challenge to Scotland Under-21s

Scot Gemmill believes attitude is key as Scotland’s Under-21 footballers head to France for the Toulon Tournament seeking to go further than last year’s surprise third-place 
finish.

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From left, Scotland's Stephen O'Donnell, Chris Cadden and Ryan Christie arrive at Glasgow Airport before flying to Peru. Picture: SNS.

Chris Cadden urged to make most of ‘big opportunity’ with Scotland

The intrigue over how Chris Cadden will be deployed by Alex McLeish in the forthcoming friendlies against Peru and Mexico isn’t restricted to those largely unfamiliar with the impressive body of work this season that has earned the Motherwell midfielder his first call-up.

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New SFA Chief Executive Ian Maxwell is unveiled to the media. Picture: SNS Group

Ian Maxwell: Hampden is special to me but I won’t let heart rule head

New Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell insists his personal affinity with Queen’s Park will not influence the imminent decision on whether Hampden remains as the home of Scottish football.

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Lewis Morgan salutes Jack Ross for inspiring ‘meteoric’ rise

He has never played for them, managed them or even supported them but the chances are that, before very long, all Celtic fans will owe St Mirren boss Jack Ross a debt of 
gratitude

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New SFA chief Ian Maxwell at Hampden yesterday. Picture: SNS Group

Ian Maxwell: I’ll be no-one’s puppet as SFA chief

Ian Maxwell’s CV covers just about every possible base in Scottish football. Player, coach, assistant manager, general manager, managing director and now chief executive.

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Scotland manager Alex McLeish

We can be giant-killers says Scotland boss Alex McLeish

Stretching back to his days as an Aberdeen player, and such feats as overcoming the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, Alex McLeish is no stranger to giant-killing.

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Celtic's Callum McGregor in action during the cup final. Picture: John Devlin

James McFadden: Callum McGregor will become Scotland regular

His name is on a lengthy list of absentees from Scotland’s end-of-season trip to Peru and Mexico but Callum McGregor will be a major presence in the bid to reach the Euro 2020 finals, according to James McFadden.

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Sam Nicholson, left, and Danny Wilson have both turned out for Scotland Under-21s in the past. Pictures: SNS Group

Alex McLeish could turn to MLS Scots to plug gaps left in squad

Alex McLeish could call in the cavalry as he attempts to plug the gaps left by two more withdrawals from his Scotland squad for the upcoming friendlies against Peru and Mexico.

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Stuart Armstrong has withdrawn from the pool of players. Picture: SNS Group

Scotland friendlies: Stuart Armstrong and John Souttar pull out of squad

Scotland have been hit by further calls-offs ahead of their trip to face Peru and Mexico, with Celtic’s Stuart Armstrong and John Souttar of Hearts becoming the latest players to pull out.

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Alex McLeish will be without, Matt Ritchie on Scotlan'd summer tour. Photograph: SNS

A worrying lack of desire as Scotland players go missing in action

At the current rate of drop-out, Scotland manager Alex McLeish might want to consider getting fitted out for the new kit before he heads out with his squad on Tuesday for their friendlies in Peru and Mexico.

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Kenny McLean regards playing for Scotland as the 'biggest honour'. Picture: SNS.

Kenny McLean eager to seize his big moment with Scotland

If there was ever a player who might have been tempted to give Scotland’s Peru and Mexico tour a wide berth, it was Kenny McLean. The 26-year-old is effectively between clubs before he embarks on a new, long-sought adventure in which he will enter the most important phase of his career.

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Scott Bain has been called up to the Scotland squad. Picture: SNS

Scott Bain called up to Scotland squad as Allan McGregor drops out

New Rangers keeper Allan McGregor has become the latest player to withdraw from the Scotland squad heading to Peru and Mexico.

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Matt Ritchie picked up an injury in Newcastle United's final game of the season against Chelsea. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Matt Ritchie and Ryan Fraser pull out of Scotland squad

Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser has become the latest player to withdraw from the Scotland squad for the end-of-season friendlies with Peru and Mexico.

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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Sir Alex Ferguson teases Alex McLeish over his Gothenburg backpass

Alex McLeish was able to give a positive update on Sir Alex Ferguson’s health during yesterday’s Scotland squad announcement at Hampden.

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Archie Gemmill wins a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Scottish Football Writers' Association. Picture: Steve Welsh

Lifetime award for Archie Gemmill, 40 years on from ‘dreamland’ goal

He scored arguably the most iconic goal in the national side’s history. But there was a lot more to Archie Gemmill’s storied career than that marvellous solo effort against the Netherlands during the ultimately doomed 1978 World Cup campaign.

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A relaxed Scotland manager Alex McLeish addresses the media. Picture: Ross MacDonald/SNS

Scotland boss Alex McLeish wary of altitude in Mexico City

Scotland manager Alex McLeish says “no stone will be left unturned” in preparing his squad to perform at high altitude in Mexico City next month.

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Lewis Stevenson has impressed Scotland manager Alex McLeish with his attacking enterprise and 'delicious balls across the face of goal'. Picture: SNS

Alex McLeish rewards Hibs’ Lewis Stevenson with Scotland call-up

A day arrived for Lewis Stevenson yesterday that he must surely have thought would not, could not, ever come. A first Scotland call-up at the age of 30 for the Hibernian left-back marked the biggest surprise of the squad named by Alex Mcleish yesterday for the end-of-season friendlies in Peru and Mexico.

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