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The German manager attempted to talk the then-16-year-old Rooney into playing for the Scots due to his grandmother's nationality

The prize that the 16 teams going into the draw dream of winning

Lennon: We want to miss the big guns – but they're all big guns in Champions League draw

Celtic in knockout draw for first time in five years as Manchester United and Arsenal also to learn fate

Standing fans

Support for standing at football stadiums grows, but strong opposition remains

Calls for the introduction of a pilot of new standing technology - called rail seats - at football grounds

Joe Jordan (left) and Harry Redknapp guided Spurs to fourth

Harry Redknapp would not stop Joe Jordan from becoming Scotland manager

QPR assistant linked with vacancy north of the border

Open house: Rangers began the new season in the exposed surroundings of Peterhead's Balmoor Stadium

SPL clubs united in bid to expand membership

The plans would see two leagues of 12 split into three divisions of eight after 22 games

Scotland's most successful football club is trying to attract potential investors with an eye on someday playing in the English Premier League.

Rangers: We want to play in England

Rangers have added to the sense of flux in Scottish football by raising the intriguing prospect of joining England’s Premier League.

Scotland's most successful football club is trying to attract potential investors with an eye on someday playing in the English Premier League.

Rangers: We want to play in England

Scotland's most successful football club is trying to attract potential investors with an eye on someday playing in the English Premier League.

Open house: Rangers began the new season in the exposed surroundings of Peterhead's Balmoor Stadium

Scottish clubs vote for league review

Scotland's league system will be re-structured from 2014-15 if a proposal from the 30 clubs playing in the country's football league is accepted by the Scottish Football Association and Premier League.

Berti Vogts had a cold relationship with the fans when he was Scotland manager

Vogts: Scotland is full of poor players

The former Scotland manager Alex McLeish believes there are numerous strong candidates to succeed Craig Levein, including caretaker Billy Stark. But Berti Vogts, who was in charge of the Scotland team for two years ending in 2004, believes whoever gets the job will be stymied by "poor players".

Graeme Souness not interested in Scotland job

Graeme Souness has hailed Joe Jordan as the “perfect” candidate to become Scotland's next manager.

New broom: Blackpool’s new manager Michael Appleton calls for a clear-out

Round-up: Supporters protest against Sordell following his claim of discrimination

Millwall fans displayed a banner with the words “Sordell is a c***” during yesterday's 2-1 victory over Derby in the Championship after a 13-year-old was excluded by the club for verbally abusing Marvin Sordell.

Gordon Strachan, right, will take over as Scotland manager after Craig Levein’s turbulent three-year spell ended today

Gordon Strachan tipped for Scotland after Craig Levein sacking

Gordon Strachan has emerged as the favourite to take over as Scotland manager after Craig Levein's turbulent three-year spell ended yesterday.

Scotland manager Craig Levein

Craig Levein sacked as Scotland manager

Craig Levein has finally paid the price for Scotland's poor start to their World Cup qualifying campaign after being “relieved of his duties” as national team manager.

Craig Levein feels the pressure

'Average' foreign players are damaging Scotland team

The National Secretary of the Scottish Youth Football Association (SYFA), David Little, has blamed an “influx” of “average” foreign players for the current plight of the national side.

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But the most astonishing story will always remain the fact that Fabrice Muamba ‘died’ for 78 minutes – and lived to tell the tale.

Fabrice Muamba admits watching football is difficult following retirement

Fabrice Muamba admits watching football is a frustrating experience after he was forced to retire from the game.

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher

Kenny Miller welcomes return of Steven Fletcher to the Scotland fold

Striker Kenny Miller has welcomed the return of Steven Fletcher to the Scotland fold even though it could cost him his own place in the team.

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