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INTERNATIONAL BOSS: MONDAY DEADLINE

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THE SFA are poised to name the new Scotland manager on Monday – with Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke among the frontrunners.

The Rugby Park gaffer has been impressive in his two years with the Ayrshire side and he is reported to be leading the three-man shortlist as the successor to Alex McLeish who was sacked last month.

Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes and Under-21 chief Scot Gemmill are also understood to be names that have been considered.

The squad for next month’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers with Cyprus and Belgium is due to be announced a week on Tuesday and the SFA wants to give the new man in charge at least a week to compile his first selection.

Celtic winger James Forrest called on the Scotland bosses to get the new man in as quickly as possible, as Scotzine reported yesterday.

By setting a Monday deadline for Monday, the governing body appear to be giving Clarke the time he needs to complete his Killie duties with the club completing their Premiership campaign with a home game against Rangers.

The former West Brom and Reading boss admitted last month he would be interested in the international job “at some stage”.

McLeish was axed after only 12 games in charge over a 14-month period, losing seven and winning five.

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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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