Interview: Craig Brown on glory days and World Cup woe v Costa Rica

Where are the men from Italia 90, the Scotland team in their summer-fun T-shirts, white with blue and yellow stripes? Quite a few of the personnel involved in the dismal World Cup defeat by Costa Rica seem to have emigrated from the homeland and others have been lying low this week, perhaps in anticipation of irritating calls from the likes of me as the national team prepare to embark on a new era with a re-match against the Central Americans. So thank goodness, then, for Craig Brown, who’s painting a garden fence in Troon when I catch up with him.

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Jon McLaughlin insists he is '100 per cent Scottish' despite living most of his life overseas and in England. Picture: SNS.

Hampden in sight at last for Hearts’ Jon McLaughlin

Jon McLaughlin can remember the summer of 1998. That was the year his family moved home. It was also the last time Scotland qualified for a major championship.

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Injury doubt: Dylan McGeouch. Picture: SNS Group

Hibs’ Dylan McGeouch a doubt for Scotland after picking up injury

Dylan McGeouch is a doubt for Scotland’s friendly matches against Costa Rica and Hungary after the Hibernian midfielder picked up an injury in training.

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Rumour Mill: Celtic ‘got lucky’ against Rangers | two clubs join Scott Bain hunt | interest reignited in Celtic striker

Barry Ferguson believes Celtic “got lucky” in their 3-2 victory at Ibrox, two clubs have joined the hunt for Scott Bain, and Marseille have reignited their interest in Moussa Dembele.

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Hibernian's Dylan McGeouch. Picture: Ross MacDonald/SNS

How Robert Snodgrass helped Hibs’ Dylan McGeouch be injury free

There is a certain irony in Dylan McGeouch being included in Alex McLeish’s squad while fellow midfielder Robert Snodgrass is one of the more notable omissions.

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File photo dated 10-03-2018 of Manchester United's Scott McTominay. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday March 12, 2018. Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has been called into the Scotland senior squad for the friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary, the Scottish Football Association has announced. See PA story SOCCER Scotland. Photo credit should read Martin Rickett/PA Wire

England did not want Scott McTominay for their top team

England manager Gareth Southgate has wished Scott McTominay all the best following the Manchester United midfielder’s decision to opt to play for Scotland.

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Partick Thistle general manager Ian Maxwell is a leading contender to be the new SFA chief executive. Picture: Sammy Turner/SNS

Simon Donnelly: Ian Maxwell ‘ideal’ man to be next SFA chief

That Ian Maxwell could ever emerge as a front-runner to be head honcho at Hampden would have seemed outlandish to Simon Donnelly when the pair were teenagers starting out there with Queen’s Park. Now, the former Celtic striker can see the Partick Thistle managing director as an ideal fit for the role of chief executive at the SFA.

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James McFadden is hanging up his boots to join new Scotland manager Alex McLeish's backroom team. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Interview: James McFadden on the end of his maverick career

Nothing ill-becomes James McFadden’s colourful career like the manner of its ending. It began one misty Boxing Day in Motherwell, is roundly viewed to have peaked in Paris 11 years ago before drawing to a close in rather humdrum fashion in Dumfries at the end of last year.

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Harvey St Clair has been in fine form for Chelsea's under-23 side. Picture: Harry Murphy/Getty Images

Chelsea winger Harvey St Clair named in Scotland U21 squad

A born-and-bred Londoner,
Chelsea attacker Harvey St Clair’s first appearance in a Scotland under-21 squad, confirmed yesterday, might not enthuse Charlie Nicholas. Scot Gemmill would suggest it should.

Neil Doncaster was elected unopposed to the SFA board. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Neil Doncaster elected unopposed to SFA board

Neil Doncaster has been elected to the Scottish FA board after Ian Maxwell stepped down with immediate effect.

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Kieran Tierney can emulate Danny McGrain, says Scotland coach

Scotland coach Peter Grant believes Kieran Tierney can emulate his “world-class” former Celtic team-mate Danny McGrain.

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Scotland  boss Alex McLeish announces his first squad yesterday.

McLeish defied the beast from east to secure McTominay

He will always have Paris. But Alex McLeish has already tasted success since returning to the role of Scotland manager nearly a month ago and prior to even naming the first team of his second spell in charge.

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Scotland manager Alex McLeish with his backroom staff: James McFadden, left, Peter Grant and Stevie Woods, right, after his squad announcement at Hampden.Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Scotland boss Alex McLeish challenges new faces to prove themselves

Alex McLeish has challenged his new-look Scotland squad to prove they are the future.

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Marouane Fellaini battles for the ball with Robert Snodgrass during the last meeting between the two sides. Picture: Robert Perry

Scotland to host Belgium in pre-Nations League friendly

Scotland will face Belgium in a friendly match as part of the preparations for the UEFA Nations League.

Clockwise from top left: Jon McLaughlin, Barry Douglas, Scott McKenna, Oli McBurnie, Dylan McGeouch and Scott McTominay have been called up. Pictures: SNS/Getty Images

Six new faces in Scotland squad to face Costa Rica and Hungary

Alex McLeish has named nine uncapped players in his 27-man squad for the friendly matches against Costa Rica and Hungary.

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Steven Caulker is rebuilding his career at Dundee. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

England cap Steven Caulker open to Scotland switch

Dundee defender Steven Caulker has revealed he would jump at the chance to play for Scotland if Alex McLeish comes calling.

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Scott McTominay competes for the ball with Crystal Palace's James McArthur. Picture: AP

Alex McLeish reveals the reason he called up Scott McTominay

Alex McLeish saw a “passion” for Scotland in Scott McTominay’s eyes when they met to decide the international future of the Manchester United midfielder.

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Is this the new Scotland away kit?

Ahead of Alex McLeish naming his first Scotland squad since returning to Hampden, images of what is said to be the new national team away kit have been posted on well-known kit leaks website

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Richard Tait deserves Scotland call, insists Stephen Robinson

Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson has urged Alex McLeish to include full-back Richard Tait when the new Scotland boss names his first squad on Monday.

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Andrew Robertson in action for Liverpool against Newcastle United. Picture: Getty Images

Liverpool and Scotland ace Andy Robertson hailed for fan gesture

Andy Robertson has won praise from all corners of the footballing community after a touching gesture towards a young Liverpool fan.

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