Scottish Gossip: Gordon Strachan, Leigh Griffiths, Celtic, Jozo Simunovic

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Gordon Strachan warns that Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths faces a difficult task, on account of his smaller stature, to work his way into the starting line-up for the World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley next month. In Scotland's two recent matches Strachan opted for more physical players up front - Steven Fletcher and Chris Martin. The Scotland boss says, "You need to have a certain amount of height in international football teams to defend set plays". (Herald)

Chris Martin ended a run of 21 games without a goal as he scored for Fulham in a 4-2 win over Barnsley. It was his 100th career league goal. (Sun)

Celtic centre-half Jozo Simunovic says the team will be fearless in their pursuit of a win over Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday. (Various)

Jozo Simuovic
Jozo Simuovic is looking to establish himself in the heart of the Celtic defence under manager Brendan Rodgers after a move to Torino fell through

The Croat says he is ready mentally and physically and is desperate to play in the Champions League at Celtic Park, having never played in the competition with his former club, Dinamo Zagreb. (Various)

Gladbach midfielder Tobias Strobl claims his team "could have played for two years and not scored a goal" against Hamburg. He says the team are missing injured trio Raffael, Thorgan Hazard and Josip Drmic. (Various)

Lewis Holtby, part of the 10-man Hamburg team that drew 0-0 with Gladbach at the weekend, believes Moussa Dembele, his former team-mate at Fulham, will leave Celtic at the end of the season. (Various)

Celtic and their Champions League rivals Barcelona are joint top scorers across the European leagues, both with 26 goals from eight matches. (Daily Record)

Former Celtic striker Andreas Thom reveals that he blasts the sound on his TV when Champions Leagues games are about to get under way at Celtic Park. "I have such good memories of when the supporters are singing," he says. (Herald)

Dundee United forward Tony Andreu
Tony Andreu is looking to fire United up the Championship table while on loan from Norwich City

Rangers midfielder Joey Barton was heckled during a question and answer session at the Cheltenham Literary Festival. Barton said that his misdemeanours were in the past but someone in the audience shouted out, "But Joey, you're suspended from your club, you're suspended from your work". (Sun)

Tony Andreu, on loan at Dundee United from Norwich City, thinks it's a question of momentum for the Terrors as they beat St Mirren in Paisley to give their stuttering Championship title bid a boost. (Daily Mail)

Broadcaster BT Sport has complained to the Scottish Professional Football Association about the lack of co-operation by Rangers to provide manager Mark Warburton for interview at Friday's game against Inverness. (Daily Record)

Describing Warburton as "petulant", BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton thinks the Rangers boss is showing a lack of respect by failing to give an interview. (Daily Record)

Former Rangers captain Craig Paterson thinks Warburton should show make his players watch a DVD of the team's confident, winning performance against Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden last season to inspire them ahead of Sunday's Betfred semi at the same venue. (Various)

Miles Addison
Miles Addison can bring his power to Kilmarnock's defence or midfield

While Jackie McNamara has moved from the dugout at York City to the boardroom as the club's chief executive, his assistant Simon Donnelly has left the Minstermen by mutual consent. (Various)

Having conceded 10 goals in their two matches prior to the international break, Kilmarnock's Miles Addison says the team's priority for the game against St Johnstone in Perth was to end the hurt and keep a clean sheet. Killie won 1-0 in Perth. (Various)


Alex Northam, who made his debut for Edinburgh on the wing in their 59-17 win over Timisoara Saracens in Romania at the weekend, reveals that he had been suffering from testicular cancer but has now been given the "all clear". (Times)