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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Manager Gordon Strachan predicts Scotland will qualify for Euro 2016 but admits he thought that was unlikely after his first competitive match in charge against Wales six months ago. (Various)

Celtic striker Tony Watt is to go on a year-long loan to Belgian side SK Lierse. (Sunday Express / Sunday Herald)

Derk Boerrigter is convinced Celtic have the quality to beat his former side Ajax in the Champions League. (Sunday Mail)

Paul Heffernan admits he is stunned to have joined Hibs from Kilmarnock saying Friday's free transfer was "all a bit of a rush". (Various)

And Kilmarnock boss Allan Johnston is planning to bring in two out-of-contract players, including a centre-half, with the money freed up by dropping Heffernan's wages. (Various)

Striker Nicky Clark reckons Rangers can hit 100 goals in League One this season. (Sunday Mail)

And Ibrox boss Ally McCoist is surprised left-back Lee Wallace is not included in the Scotland squad for the games against Belgium and Macedonia. (Sunday Mail)

Former Scotland manager Craig Levein thinks Belgium are a harder test than Spain because they are a team with no weaknesses. (Sunday Mail)

Another ex-Scotland boss, Alex McLeish, is worried that his brief spell at Nottingham Forest has damaged his future job prospects. (Mail on Sunday)

OTHER GOSSIP

Byron McGuigan scored two tries in a 29-26 friendly win over Exeter as Glasgow Warriors warm up for the new season. (Various)

And Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend believes his team can challenge for the Pro12 title and make an impact in the Heineken Cup this term. (Mail on Sunday)