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Scotland sack McLeish after just 14 months in charge

Alex McLeish lasted two games more than his first spell in charge. Credit: PA

Alex McLeish's second spell as Scotland manager is over.

The Scottish Football Association announced McLeish would be leaving his role "with immediate effect" after board members gathered for a meeting at Hampden on Thursday morning.

SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell said in a statement: "The decision to part company was not an easy one, especially given Alex's status as a Scotland Hall of Fame member, earning 77 international caps, having played in three World Cups and taken charge of the national team for two spells.

"It was only taken after full consideration by the board and after an honest and respectful conversation between myself and Alex earlier in the week.

"Ultimately, the performances and results as a whole in the past year - and, in particular, the manner of the defeat in Kazakhstan - did not indicate the progress expected with a squad we believe to be capable of achieving more."


Pedro Caixinha cleared to be next Rangers manager

Rangers have been managerless since Mark Warburton's protracted departure. Credit: PA

Portuguese coach Pedro Caixinha has been cleared to take over as Rangers manager - though he is unlikely to lead the team against Celtic.

His current club, Qatari side Al Gharafa, announced on Twitter they had given him permission to join the Scottish giants.

The 46-year-old now looks set to quickly agree a deal with Rangers but it is expected to be too soon for him to be dugout for Sunday's clash at Celtic Park.

Rangers have been managerless since Mark Warburton's protracted departure last month.


Rangers set to sign Port Vale goalkeeper

Jak Alnwick is set for Rangers. Credit: PA

Rangers are closing in on the signing of Port Vale goalkeeper Jak Alnwick. The 23-year-old was at Rangers' training ground on Monday for a medical.

Rangers are understood to have submitted a £250,000 offer for the former Newcastle player on Friday and negotiations over the payment structure appear to have been successful.

League One Vale's caretaker manager, Michael Brown, admitted at the weekend that Alnwick had probably played his last game for the club.

The deal will likely allow Matt Gilks to move on in search of more regular first-team football.

Hill bemused by QPR return rumours

Rangers defender Clint Hill. Credit: PA

Rangers defender Clint Hill claims there is little chance he will make a return to QPR next summer.

The veteran centre-back, 38, has been linked with move back to his former employers once his Ibrox deal expires next summer.

But he admitted: "I don't know where that story has come from. Maybe they needed to fill some space in the paper and they have put that in.

"I've not heard anything and I'd be very surprised if it did come off because four or five months ago I was released by QPR.

"I've not had any thoughts about next season. I'm too old to even think about that.

"I try to take each game as it comes. I don't know what the situation is next season. I'll see how the body is and how it repairs and then judge from there."

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