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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: ‘HE’LL DO A BRENDAN,’ CLAIMS PUNDIT ABOUT GERRARD, TIERNEY EXPLAINS SCOTS ABSENCE, NEW DATES FOR CELTIC AND GERS, HIBS BOSS LATEST

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FORMER Scotland international striker Alan Brazil insists Steven Gerrard “will do a Brendan” and quit Rangers if a top-flight English club made a move.

Brendan Rodgers, of course, quit Celtic in a sudden departure for Leicester City in February after two-and-a-half years at Parkhead.

Liverpool legend Gerrard only took over at Ibrox last summer, but talkSPORT host Brazil reckons he would do an abrupt about-turn and head back across the border if the opportunity arose.

Unai Emery is under fire at Arsenal at the moment after a sequence of unimpressive results, including a 1-1 Europa League draw against Vitoria SC in Portugal last night.

Brazil believes Gerrard would be on his way out of Ibrox if a big club like the Gunners come calling.

“If the Arsenal job comes up, see you later. He’ll do a Brendan,” he told talkSPORT’s Jim White, in a report in the Scottish Sun.

Anfield gaffer Jurgen Klopp and Kop legend Jamie Carragher have both backed the club’s former midfielder and captain to become the next man in charge at the Merseyside outfit.

KIERAN TIERNEY says the need for rest is behind his Scotland international absences – but the former Celtic defender hopes to return for the March play-offs in March.

Arsenal requested the left-back not be called up for two meaningless Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and Kazakhstan this month amid an “ongoing issue”.

But the 22-year-old has made two appearances in four days for his club, completing 90 minutes in a 1-1 Europa League draw with Vitoria SC last night.

Tierney’s comeback from an extended injury lay-off – which included a double hernia operation and a long-term pelvic issue – is being carefully managed, but Steve Clarke couldn’t help but admit his frustration.

The £25million Gunners star, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “Of course, you want to play for your national team, but you need to do what is best for your career long term.

“This was my second game in kind of three, four days so near the end I was tiring.

“It is probably the right decision as now I am going into the international break knowing I am getting a rest and recovery, because since my operation the load has gone up, up and up.

“To get a rest would be beneficial and, hopefully, for the next camp I’m ready.”

CELTIC and Rangers have been told the new dates for their postponed Premiership fixtures to accommodate the Betfred League Cup Final meeting at Hampden on Sunday, December 8.

The Hoops were due to travel to Perth to face St Johnstone on the same day while Steven Gerrard’s men were scheduled to face Ross County at Ibrox 24 hours earlier. They will now play the Dingwall team on Wednesday, January 29 with a 7.45pm kick-off while the champions will be at McDiarmid Park on the same evening.

JACK ROSS is still favourite to replace the sacked Paul Heckingbottom as Hibs manager, but former Leeds boss Neil Redfearn has also emerged as a candidate, according to the Edinburgh Evening News.

The 54-year-old Englishman has admirers within the Easter Road hierarchy and is available after leaving his role as Newcastle youth coach earlier this week.

Redfearn was in charge at Elland Road between 2014/15 before joining Rotherham in October 2015. He was axed from the post and his most recent role was with the St James’s Park side’s Under-23s.

However, ex-St Mirren gaffer Ross, fired by Sunderland this season, remains favourite and the odds on him have shortened overnight to 1/5.

 

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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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