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For Michael O’Neill the logical career choice is Scotland but will he take it? | Ewan Murray

The Northern Ireland manager is due to hold talks over the Scotland job and must choose whether to leave behind his home nation for less lucrative terms but apparent advantagesOnly those fortunate enough to have encountered the scenario will understand…

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At least Scotland’s women know how to play football | Kevin McKenna

The SFA has a medieval attitude towards women’s football while failing to deliver in men’s tournaments. With real support, female players can shake up the sportIn Scotland, the failure of our international squad to qualify for major football tournament…

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Scottish FA to open talks with Michael O’Neill over vacant manager’s job

• Northern Ireland FA granted permission for talks after weeks of deadlock• SFA expected to offer O’Neill four-year contract with lucrative bonusesThe Scottish FA will open talks with its prime managerial target Michael O’Neill after being granted perm…

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Caretaker Graeme Murty given Rangers job until end of the season

• Murty won six and lost three of his nine games in temporary charge• Chairman Dave King ordered to make offer for most of club’s sharesGraeme Murty was handed the Rangers manager’s job until the end of the season on Friday, on a day when chairman Dave…

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Where it went wrong for the teams who missed out on the World Cup

Fans from 21 countries explain why they will be staying at home next summer. Holland were unlucky, Italy were mismanaged and Mongolia were a disasterFive points out of a possible 18 from our games against Belgium, Greece and Cyprus proved fatal. Greece…

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Scotland make approach for Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill

• Scottish FA wants O’Neill to succeed Gordon Strachan• Northern Ireland lost in World Cup play-off to SwitzerlandThe Scottish Football Association has made an official approach for Northern Ireland’s manager, Michael O’Neill.O’Neill has emerged as the…

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Scotland ready to make Michael O’Neill a double-your-money offer

• Northern Ireland manager in line for £1m a year contract• O’Neill also linked with Rangers, Sunderland and US clubsNorthern Ireland’s remarkable era under Michael O’Neill could be nearing its end, with Scotland preparing to tempt the manager with a d…

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Scotland ready to make Michael O’Neill a double-your-money offer

• Northern Ireland manager in line for £1m a year contract• O’Neill also linked with Rangers, Sunderland and US clubsNorthern Ireland’s remarkable era under Michael O’Neill could be nearing its end, with Scotland preparing to tempt the manager with a d…

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Holland’s Memphis Depay sinks Scotland on Malky Mackay’s debut

Malky Mackay is not staying on as Scotland coach but hopes to have helped shape “the future” of his national team. Mackay, in interim charge while a permanent successor to Gordon Strachan is sought, took pride from a 1-0 friendly defeat to Holland at P…

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Why Malky Mackay shouldn’t get the Scotland job and why he won’t | Ewan Murray

Caretaker brings controversy and a mixed coaching history – after Holland game he should return to his role as performance director and, barring something strange, he willIf Malky Mackay’s role in the scandal which engulfed him post-Cardiff City is com…

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Malky Mackay named interim Scotland manager after Gordon Strachan exit

• Performance director steps up while SFA seeks permanent successor• Former Cardiff manager will take charge for friendly against HollandMalky Mackay will take interim charge of Scotland while the search for Gordon Strachan’s successor begins.Mackay, t…

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Scotland’s next manager must learn from Gordon Strachan’s shortcomings | Ewan Murray

Burgeoning talent at youth level promises brighter future for successor as he seeks to end nation’s 22-year wait to reach a major finalsIt would seem reasonable to assume that criteria in the job description for the post of Scotland manager should incl…

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Gordon Strachan leaves Scotland job after World Cup qualifying failure

• Manager will not have his contract renewed with national side
• Strachan pays price for failure to reach 2018 World Cup

Gordon Strachan has left his role as Scotland head coach with immediate effect, the Scottish Football Association has announced.

Scotland missed out on World Cup qualification, finishing third behind England and Slovakia in Group F.

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‘Genetically we are behind,’ says Scotland’s Gordon Strachan – video

Following Scotland’s 2-2 draw in Slovenia which eliminated them from qualification for the World Cup, manager Gordon Strachan said ‘genetics’ was a major reason why Scotland struggle to compete on the international stage, proposing that Scottish player…

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Gordon Strachan waits on his future after Scotland fail to make World Cup

• Failure to beat Slovenia leaves Scots short of play-offs
• ‘Technically we’re fine but genetically we are behind’

Gordon Strachan refused to discuss his future and offered effusive praise of his players after Scotland’s World Cup hopes were dashed by their failure to beat Slovenia in Ljubljana. The Scots, needing victory to secure a play-off spot, led 1-0 at half-time before conceding two goals to Slovenia with Robert Snodgrass’s late equaliser ultimately immaterial.

Strachan’s contract with the Scottish FA expires at the conclusion of the qualifying campaign, leading to the widespread assumption that the 60-year-old would leave his position as international manager of his own volition. That sense has been clouded somewhat by Scotland forcing themselves into play-off contention after a dismal start in Group F, with some members of Strachan’s squad stating publicly they want him to stay.

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Scotland’s World Cup hopes shattered with battling draw in Slovenia

There was nothing glorious about this latest Scottish failure and, though everyone should be spared the tired cliches and sob stories after the sharing of four goals to close another fruitless campaign, they will keep on coming, of course.

Scotland’s progression to the point where a World Cup play-off berth would have been secured with victory in Slovenia was admirable. Nonetheless the key failings that led to such a stirring recovery being necessary were glossed over. There can be no sugar‑coating a second-half horror show in Ljubljana which means Scottish absence from major tournaments stretches to 22 years.

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Slovenia v Scotland: World Cup 2018 qualifier – live!

4.15pm BST

Slovenia Oblak; Struna, Mevlja, Cesar (c), Jokic; Kurtic, Rotman; Repas, Ilicic, Verbic; Matavz.

Subs: Skubic, Viler, Sirok, Belec, Bezjak, Mlinar Delamea, Koprivec, Vetrih.

1.43pm BST

If football games lasted 85 minutes, Scotland would have nine points and presumably Gordon Strachan would be looking to secure a gig on ITV’s World Cup coverage next year. Instead Scotland head into their final group game with 17 points and a manager still hopeful of leading his team to Russia and their first World Cup for 20 years.

He has overseen the remarkable turnaround of a team almost down and out when they first played Slovenia six months ago. Having been thumped 3-0 by both Slovakia and England, Scotland were ambling towards an insipid draw – and quite possibly Strachan’s sacking – at Hampden Park when Chris Martin bobbled in a late winner off the post.

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Scotland’s bumpy road to salvation reaches end game in Slovenia

Gordon Strachan is relying on his side’s fitness and their desire to test their limits to seal play-off place in final World Cup qualifying group game

Scotland’s World Cup qualifying campaign has been epitomised by fine margins to such an extent that they will the relish the clear-cut nature of its conclusion.

The scenario is simple: a win for Gordon Strachan’s team in Slovenia will secure second place in Group F. Bosnia’s defeat by Belgium on Saturday means a play-off berth would thereby be guaranteed. Given the stark Scottish failures of recent qualifying attempts even that represents commendable progress.

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Gordon Strachan pleased with Scotland resurgence but focus is on Slovenia

• Scotland quietly satisfied after last-minute win over Slovakia
• ‘They know the game in Slovenia is going to be big,’ manager says

It would have taken a herculean effort for Scotland’s players to distance themselves from the celebration which engulfed Hampden Park on Thursday. According to Gordon Strachan, his squad did precisely that.

The last-minute winner against Slovakia increased Scotland’s haul to 13 points from a possible 15. Context – they had previously claimed four from 12 – further adds to this sense of revival. One more victory, in Slovenia on Sunday, would take Scotland into a World Cup play-off. It was with that pivotal fixture in mind that Strachan’s players retained focus post-Slovakia.

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Scotland must ‘regroup and go again’, says Strachan – video

Gordon Strachan says his work is not yet complete following Scotland’s dramatic 1-0 win over Slovakia on Thursday night. The victory keeps their World Cup qualification hopes alive and Strachan encourages his team to ‘regroup and go again’ in the final qualifier in Slovenia on Sunday. Three points in Ljubljana would secure second place in Group F and a probable play-off berth

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