Scottish Gossip: Scotland, McKenna, Bain, Celtic, Griffiths, Rangers, Gerrard

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Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna is a major injury doubt for Scotland's opening Euro 2020 qualifier against Kazakhstan, having played with his thigh heavily strapped in the 1-1 draw with Livingston. (Sun)external-link

Barry Bannan says Sheffield Wednesday team-mate Steven Fletcher is "devastated" to miss Scotland's games against Kazakhstan and San Marino this month. (Scotland on Sunday)external-link

Scotland "need to work out how we get the best out of" in-form Celtic forward Oliver Burke, says national assistant coach Peter Grant. (Sunday Mail)external-link

And Grant has played down concerns over Kazakhstan's plastic pitch before Scotland's match in Astana on Thursday. (Scotland on Sunday)external-link

Former Dundee and Kilmarnock goalkeeper Bobby Geddes believes Celtic's Scott Bain, 27, has "a real chance of establishing himself" in the Scotland team. (Herald - subscription required)external-link

"There were a few things I learnt off him," says Celtic keeper Bain of Rangers counterpart and former Scotland team-mate Allan McGregor, who this week announced his international retirement. (Sunday Mail)external-link

Celtic manager Neil Lennon hopes striker Leigh Griffiths will return to the first team before the end of the season. (Sun)external-link

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says his recruitment in the next transfer window will focus on quality rather than quantity. (Sunday Times - subscription required)external-link

Gerrard regrets not signing a creative midfielder for Rangers in January. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Steve Clarke says Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones, who will join Rangers in the summer, was fit for Saturday's 1-1 draw at Ibrox but the manager explained: "I picked the team with a certain way of playing in mind. I couldn't find a space on the bench for Jordan." (Sun)external-link

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