Scottish Gossip: Lewandowski expects aggressive Scots

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Poland's star striker Robert Lewandowski says he expects Scotland to play "very aggressively and not necessarily in accordance with the rules" when the teams meet at Hampden on Thursday. (Various)

Scotland assistant Mark McGhee laughed off those claims from the Bayern Munich star, saying: "Poland are big strong boys. They will be as physical as us." (Various)

The Scottish FA want Gordon Strachan to stay on for the World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign even if the national team fail to reach Euro 2016. (Daily Mail)

Former manager Alex McLeish believes Scotland are good enough to beat Poland and stay in the hunt for a play-off place. (Sun)

St Johnstone chairman Steve Brown wants manager Tommy Wright to sign a new contract to ward off interest from Dundee United. (Daily Express)

Saints full-back Brian Easton would be surprised if Wright left for Tannadice, saying such a move is "a bit of a side step". (Scotsman)

Emilio Izaguirre has two more years to run on his Celtic contract but has his heart set on a longer stay. (Various)

Hamilton chairman Les Gray says the artificial pitch at New Douglas Park is "here to stay" after Celtic boss Ronny Deila described the surface as "slippy" and "strange". Gray says: "If teams play well they don't complain, if they don't play well, they complain." (Daily Record)

Gavin Reilly was sent off at the weekend
Hearts forward Reilly will miss matches against Dundee United & Ross County

Hearts will not contest the red card shown to Gavin Reilly for kicking out at Kilmarnock's Steven Smith. The forward will therefore miss the next two matches. (Various)

Hearts captain Alim Ozturk is to see a specialist after missing the last two matches with a problem perhaps related to a hernia operation he had over the summer. (Daily Express)

David Moyes has turned down an approach from Sunderland, with the Scottish manager happy to remain in Spain with Real Sociedad, despite a stuttering start to the season. (Daily Mail)

Willie Johnston has turned down a VIP invite to watch Scotland v Poland but says he'll watch the game in the pub instead. The former winger remains bitter about the SFA's handling of the drug scandal that saw him kicked out of the 1978 World Cup. (Sun)

Former Falkirk and Coventry boss Steven Pressley will be the "guest manager" for Scotland U17s European qualifiers against Macedonia, Bulgaria and Italy later this month. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Samoa must beat Scotland in their final World Cup match on Saturday to save face after a poor tournament, says assistant coach Alama Iermia. (Scotsman)

Ahead of the must-win clash at St James' Park, Scotland centre Mark Bennett is urging his team-mates to deliver their first complete 80-minute display at the World Cup. (Various)

Richie Ramsay will miss his third European Tour event in a row as he sits out the British Masters due to a troublesome eye infection. (Scotsman)