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Stephen Dobbie thinks it is unrealistic to expect a "dream" Scotland call-up despite the veteran striker remaining Europe's top marksman this season. Dobbie has scored 24 times in 16 appearances for Queen of the South. And it has led to a clamour on social media from fans urging Alex McLeish to hand the 35-year-old a first cap. "For Alex McLeish to bring someone in from the Championship would maybe not be the best option - especially at my age," Dobbie told Sportsound. BBC Scotland last month highlighted statistics showing that Dobbie had a strike rate better than Paris St-Germain's Kylian Mbappe, Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski, Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Chelsea's Eden Hazard. "I think
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1 week ago
Paul Gascoigne says he "doesn't need to be in the Scottish Football Hall of Fame to be recognised as one of the best". The former Rangers midfielder's place in the Hall of Fame was criticised and withdrawn on Thursday amid "concerns" over his health. "I played some of my best football at Rangers," Gascoigne tweeted. The 51-year-old said Rangers' Hall of Fame, in which he is inducted, is the "only one" that matters. He added he "feels the love and support" of the Ibrox club's fans. Gascoigne Hall of Fame place withdrawn 'I have to stand up and be brave' - McLeish Englishman Gascoigne was one of five successful nominees, including former Scotland striker Julie Fleeting, due to be honoured at an
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1 week ago
It would make no sense to ditch Alex McLeish as Scotland head coach before giving him every chance to qualify for Euro 2020, former Scotland international Willie Miller says. The Scots followed a Nations League defeat by Israel with Sunday's 3-1 loss in a home friendly against Portugal. And Scotland fans on social media have not taken kindly to a sixth defeat in eight games under the former Rangers and Aston Villa boss. "Alex McLeish has been invited to be the manager to get us qualified for the European Championships, so why don't we give him that time?" Miller, a former Aberdeen and Scotland team-mate of McLeish, said on BBC Scotland's Sportsound. "I think we should employ a manager to get
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1 week ago
In a little over a month's time, Scotland's fate in the Uefa Nations League will be decided. Or perhaps not. This intricate international extravaganza has plenty nuances, but at least the picture will become a little clearer for Alex McLeish and his side, and their ultimate goal of reaching Euro 2020. With three points from their opening two Group C1 matches, here's how things stand for Scotland. Ditching McLeish makes no sense - Miller 'I have to stand up and be brave' - McLeish What do Scotland need to do? Beat Israel Put simply, win their group. A task that already looks challenging after their meek 2-1 loss to Israel in Haifa. Israel top the group with six points, having played a game more
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1 week ago
Alex McLeish is in a world of hurt as manager of Scotland as they fell at home to Portugal 3-1 after a host of missed opportunities and defensive errors. The visitors were at less than full strength, without Cristiano Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva. Scotland started the game in Hampden brightly and nearly had the opener as Beto was forced to make a save on his own man Sergio Oliveira. Portugal found its way into the game and missed a few chances before they bagged the first just before halftime as Wolverhampton winger Helder Costa beat Andrew Robertson to the far post where he cut inside and met Kévin Rodrigues’ cross for a sliding finish. The hosts had chances, as Scott McKenna missed a header after
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1 week ago
Alex McLeish is in a world of hurt as manager of Scotland as they fell at home to Portugal 3-1 after a host of missed opportunities and defensive errors. The visitors were at less than full strength, without Cristiano Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva. Scotland started the game in Hampden brightly and nearly had the opener as Beto was forced to make a save on his own man Sergio Oliveira.
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1 week ago
Alex McLeish says he will need to "stand up and be brave" as the pressure increases on the Scotland manager.
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1 week ago
Defeat by what was effectively Portugal’s reserve side – scarcely mitigated by Steven Naismith’s injury-time strike – added to the pressure heaped on Alex McLeish by Scotland’s dismal performance in their Nations League loss to Israel in Haifa three days previously. The latest wounds were inflicted by Helder Costa, on the verge of half-time, Eder with a powerful header after 73 minutes and Bruma in the closing stages, before Naismith took the sting out of the gathering jeers when he shot home from an inspired backheeled pass from Gary Mackay-Steven.
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1 week ago
Defeat by what was effectively Portugal’s reserve side – scarcely mitigated by Steven Naismith’s injury-time strike – added to the pressure heaped on Alex McLeish by Scotland’s dismal performance in their Nations League loss to Israel in Haifa three days previously. The latest wounds were inflicted by Helder Costa, on the verge of half-time, Eder with a powerful header after 73 minutes and Bruma in the closing stages, before Naismith took the sting out of the gathering jeers when he shot home from an inspired backheeled pass from Gary Mackay-Steven.
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1 week ago
Scotland 1-3 Portugal: Alex McLeish made six changes to the side which performed abysmally in the 2-1 Nations League defeat to Israel on Thursday night
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Kieran Tierney's own goal ensured a humiliating defeat in Haifa for McLeish's men, who led through Charlie Mulgrew
1 week ago
Alex McLeish concedes Scotland "are going to get a bit of stick" for their abject Nations League defeat in Israel but warns it could have been worse.
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1 week ago
In-form James Forrest makes it into Scotland's starting XI, but Celtic team-mate Kieran Tierney doesn't for Thursday's match against Israel. We don't yet know whether that will be Alex McLeish's choice. This is the team based on 14,000 respondents to BBC Scotland's squad selector. The Scotland head coach has admitted that Forrest's four goals against St Johnstone could force a rethink. "We can mix up the system," he said ahead of the Nations League game. McLeish has favoured a 3-5-2 system since taking over from Gordon Strachan and Forrest was on the bench for the opening group win over Albania. "I didn't say he wouldn't fit my system as he has played wing-back for Celtic - but I don't think
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2 weeks ago
Scotland coach Peter Grant insists there's "no issue" between manager Alex McLeish and Leigh Griffiths after the striker pulled out of his latest squad. Griffiths withdrew from the squad, preparing to face Israel and Portugal, saying "I need to focus on my fitness." He described being dropped to the bench against Albania last month as a "kick in the teeth". But, says, Grant: "He's definitely not in the huff. There's 100% not an issue. "He's just being honest." Griffiths, who has scored four international goals in 19 appearances, started Celtic's 6-0 thrashing of St Johnstone on Sunday but was replaced with Scott Sinclair 61 minutes into the Scottish Premiership game in Perth. "He's had a great
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3 weeks ago
Goalkeeper: Jon McLaughlin Jon McLaughlin’s performances for Sunderland have not gone unnoticed north of the border as Alex McLeish has recalled the goalkeeper to the national side for Scotland’s upcoming international fixtures. McLaughlin is yet to build on the clean sheet won against Scunthorpe, but the stopper has rarely been at fault as an individual recently. Jack Ross will be pleased that his number one has received recognition for his decent form and will hope that spurs him on this evening. In a game Sunderland can ill-afford to lose, having your goalkeeper striving for another shut-out certainly won’t hurt. Here’s hoping McLaughlin can achieve that target tonight. Defence: Flanagan,
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