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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Stuart Armstrong has withdrawn from the pool of players.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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Alex McLeish has named a 24-man squad for the two friendly matches. Picture: SNS Group

Alex McLeish names Scotland squad to face Peru and Mexico

Alex McLeish has named three new faces in his Scotland squad for the friendly double-header against Peru and Mexico.

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Rumour Mill: Lennon quit threat | Gerrard’s secret Rangers trip | Celtic plan £4m stadium upgrade

Neil Lennon says he’s considering his future after derby defeat; Steven Gerrard’s secret trip to Auchenhowie and Celtic set to upgrade Parkhead to the tune of £4 million

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Fraser Hornby has earned high praise as he progresses through Everton ranks. Picture: Getty.

Scotland Under-18s’ Fraser Hornby dubbed the ‘new Duncan Ferguson’

Scotland Under-21s will have a player in their ranks being dubbed “the new Big Dunc” when they head to the Toulon tournament next month. Everton forward Fraser Hornby has been given the sobriquet by the Liverpool Echo after bustling frontline displays in the club’s under-age teams by the wiry 18-year-old, previously considered an attacking midfielder.

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The history of Hampden, or the might of Murrayfield? Picture: SNS Group

Why the SFA’s choice of Hampden or Murrayfield doesn’t really matter

The SRU are pushing for Scottish football to adopt Murrayfield as its new home stadium, while purists are keen to stay at Hampden. Joel Sked reckons it makes no difference

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The international pitch at BT Murrayfield set up for football. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS/SRU

Alan Pattullo: SFA hasn’t kicked Murrayfield into touch yet

Following reports the Scottish Football Association is far into talks to buy Hampden Park from Queen’s Park it was tempting to wonder whether that was that. The uncertainty over where Scotland will play future international matches was over.

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Donald Park is stepping down from his SFA role. Picture: SNS Group

Donald Park to step down as Scotland youth team coach

Donald Park has announced his intention to step down from his role as coach of Scotland’s national youth team.

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Billy Gilmour has impressed in Chelsea's youth system since making the switch last summer. Picture: Getty

‘Incredible potential’earns Billy Gilmour his maiden under-21 call

There are few 16-year-olds who warrant a place in the under-21 squads of their national team. The performances of Billy Gilmour in the Chelsea youth set-up since his move from Rangers last summer meant it was impossible for Scot Gemmill to overlook the midfielder – who won’t turn 17 until June – when yesterday naming the players he will take to next month’s Toulon tournament.

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Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour. Picture: Getty

Billy Gilmour included in Scotland under-21 squad at just 16

Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour has been included in the Scotland under-21 squad for this summer’s Toulon Tournament.

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