Scottish Gossip: Gordon Strachan, Joey Barton, Daniel Prodan, Celtic, Rangers

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Sacking national manager Gordon Strachan and his back room staff would cost the Scottish FA £800,000 in compensation. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Former Scotland manager Walter Smith says sacking Gordon Strachan would effectively end any hope of reaching the World Cup in 2018 since a new boss would use the remaining qualifying games to experiment with the team. (Daily Express)

Smith also thinks his old team Rangers have underachieved so far this season, while acknowledging they don't have the financial clout to compete with Celtic. (Express, print edition)

Former Rangers defender Daniel Prodan has died of a heart attack aged just 44, according to reports in his native Romania. (Daily Record)

Luxembourg see Scotland as a team "within reach" in the rankings says manager Luc Holtz as they look to arrange a friendly in March. (Sun)

Joey Barton, recently released from his Rangers contract, will be back in Glasgow today to answer a charge of breaking the Scottish FA's gambling rules. (Daily Record)

Former Scotland and Rangers striker Ally McCoist thinks experienced managers like Sir Alex Ferguson and Walter Smith should be recruited in a bid to improve the standard of players the nation is producing. (The National)

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers thinks it's "ridiculous" that his team are playing a Friday fixture after a busy international break with 14 of his players away. (Daily Record)

And Rodgers is warning that it could take 10 years to fix the problems the Scottish national side is facing. (Sun)

Aberdeen winger Niall McGinn will never forget the experience of captaining Northern Ireland on the occasion of his 50th cap, despite losing 3-0 to Croatia on Tuesday. (Express, print edition)

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has been given an international reprieve after he was sent home from Israel's training camp for refusing tactical instructions. Manager Elisha Levy said he would not select the 25-year-old again but has now changed his mind. (Express, print edition)

Kilmarnock boss Lee Clark has been working on a counter-attacking plan for nearly two weeks as he prepares for Friday's home game with Celtic. (Express, print edition)

Moroccan left-back Faycal Rherras insists his summer switch to Hearts has helped him toughen up for club and country. (Sun)

St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus is amazed manager Tommy Wright has not been a target for English clubs given his success in Perth. (Daily Record)

Harry Forrester is determined to make himself a first choice in Mark Warburton's Rangers team after a spell on the bench. (Sun)

Rangers Under-20s coach Graeme Murty thinks the time is right for his team to enter the SPFL set-up. (The National, print edition)

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