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The former technical director of the Belgian Football Association, Michel Sablon, says Scotland can emulate the rise of Belgium in international football. (Daily Mail)

Striker Jamie Mackie says he wants the opportunity to prove himself in a more central attacking role for Scotland now that Kenny Miller has retired. (Various)

But Blackburn's Jordan Rhodes is also staking a claim for the main forward role and admits he was stunned when upon learning Miller had hung up his international boots. (Various)

Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel insists a massive desire to finish first in Group A will mean his team do all they can to get three points at Hampden. (Daily Record)

Scotland Under-21 captain Stuart Armstrong is convinced they can take points from their Holland game despite a sore thrashing in an August friendly with England. (Daily Mail)

Former Hamilton Accies midfielder James McCarthy says he will not be under any extra pressure after his £13m move to Everton from Wigan. (Various)

Celtic youth coach Stevie Frail has urged his club to explore every possible avenue to avoid playing Champions League qualifiers at Murrayfield in 2014. (Daily Mail)

AC Milan midfielder Kaka has warned his San Siro team-mates about how difficult it can be to face Celtic in the Champions League.

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Hibernian's new signing Abdellah Zoubir revealed that former Easter Road player Freddie Arpinon convinced him a move to Leith was the right thing to do. (Various)

Dundee United will today attempt to overturn the three-match ban handed to Gavin Gunning for his alleged kick at Celtic's Virgil van Dijk. (Various)

And the Tannadice side's defender John Souttar is keeping his feet on the ground despite interest from Premier League side Sunderland.

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Hearts starlet Adam King was the subject of a failed bid by Swansea hours before Monday's transfer deadline. (The Sun)

Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni says Ally McCoist's good grasp of the French language was a major factor in him deciding to join the Ibrox side. (Daily Record)

Former Kilmarnock defender Garry Hay has quit Airdrie after just five games to take a full-time coaching role with the SFA. (Various)

Aberdeen youngster Marcus Campanile came off the bench to fire a winner for the Dons in a friendly against Viking Stavanger at Pittodrie. (Various)

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