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CLARKE HEADS FOR SCOTS JOB

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STEVE CLARKE is poised to be named the new Scotland international manager, as Scotzine reported earlier this week.

The 55-year-old Kilmarnock boss is seen as the ideal successor to Alex McLeish who was sacked a month ago after just 12 games in charge.

It is expected Clarke will take charge of Killie for the last time in tomorrow’s game against Rangers at Ibrox before taking up his role after reportedly agreeing a three-year deal with the SFA.

A six-figure compensation fee has been agreed with the Ayrshire side, according to the Sun.

Clarke’s immediate task will be to name his first Scotland squad a week on Tuesday ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifying double-header against Cyprus at Hampden on June 8 and Belgium in Brussels three days later.

Clarke won six Scotland caps after being brought into the international set-up by Andy Roxburgh. He played his last international against Holland in 1994.

No decision has yet been made on his  backroom staff.

The former West Brom gaffer was targeted after the decision to axe McLeish in the wake of the embarrassing 3-0 defeat in Kazakhstan and poor performance in the 2-0 win over San Marino, officially ranked the worst team in international football.

Big Eck’s assistants Peter Grant, James McFadden and  Stevie Woods went with him.

The 60-year-old ex-Rangers, Hibs, Motherwell coach lost seven and won five of his games in charge during his second-time around stint as Scots chief.

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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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