Scottish Gossip: Scotland, Strachan, Gordon, Rangers, Candeias

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Scotland coach Gordon Strachan has seen enough in training to convince him his side can get a positive result against England on Saturday. "There's a good chance to get that victory or a draw, but we're going for the victory," says Strachan. (Scotsman)

But though Strachan "genuinely believes" the Scots can win, he insists: "I don't think this is a free hit, I really don't think it's like that." (Guardian)

Strachan hopes the backing from a sell-out Hampden crowd will inspire his side to victory. (Sun)

Gordon Strachan
Strachan will face England for the fourth time as Scotland coach

Celtic and Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon admits there's "plenty of history" between himself and England striker Jermaine Defoe. Gordon was left with a broken arm following a challenge by Defoe when both were playing south of the border in 2009. (Herald - subscription required)

England forward Dele Alli has been sent off twice in the past year but is "very sure" he can handle the occasion at Hampden when his side take on Scotland. (Herald - subscription required)

Dundee forward Craig Wighton hopes new Dens Park boss Neil McCann can help him realise his dream of being in the Scotland squad. (Daily Record)

The agent of Benfica's Daniel Candeias claims the winger is close to joining Rangers. (Daily Express)

Daniel Candeias
Candeias has played in his native Portugal as well as Spain, Germany, France and Turkey

Rangers are preparing an improved £1.2m offer for Norwich City's Scottish midfielder Graham Dorrans. (Sun)

Newcastle United's Scotland defender Grant Hanley, 25, is wanted by Sheffield Wednesday. (Sheffield Star)


Edinburgh lock Lewis Carmichael, 22, has been called up to train with the Scotland squad for their summer tour, the first Test of which is against Italy in Singapore on Saturday. (Scotsman)

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