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ALEX McLEISH is poised to name Celtic’s Stevie Woods as Scotland’s new goalkeeping coach.

The Hoops starmaker, credited with the upsurge in form of Fraser Forster and comeback man Craig Gordon, is likely to take over from Jim Stewart, who has been 16 years in the post.

Woods has been at Parkhead since 2007 and was on the Motherwell playing staff when the Scotland manager was gaffer at Fir Park from 1994 to 98.

Meanwhile, McLeish has persuaded SFA chiefs to push back his first squad announcement to next week.

The returning Scots boss wants to make one final check on the form and fitness of the players he has in mind.

McLeish was scheduled to name his pool tomorrow for the friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary at the end of the month.

The SFA had wanted to start promoting ticket sales for the Costa Rica clash at Hampden and a media conference had already been arranged for tomorrow.

But that has now been postponed until Monday which gives the international gaffer the opportunity to have one more look at potential call-ups in a busy weekend of Premiership action.

Hibs take on Hearts on Friday night while McLeish is likely to be at Ibrox on Sunday to catch up on Rangers v Celtic.

He may also view the Manchester United v Liverpool tussle at Old Trafford on Saturday where midfielder Scott McTominay could be in action for Jose Mourinho’s outfit.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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