Celtic skip­per free to play as win over SFA is cel­e­brated

Evening Times - - SPORT - BY NEIL CAMERON


STEVEN GER­RARD be­lieves the Scot­tish FA should ap­point a home­grown boss to lead the na­tional side as he played down the prospect of for­mer Eng­land man­ager Sven-Go­ran Eriks­son mov­ing to Ham­p­den.

SFA chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Maxwell has started his 11.Ref­eree, in short (3)

12. Rope-mak­ing fi­bre (5) 13.School pre­fect (7) 15.In favour of (3)

16. Pri­mate (3) 18.Note group (6) 20.A land­scape (5)

21. Bend un­der weight (3) 22.Soft fruit (3) 23.Il­le­gal drug (6)

25. Toupee (3) 28.Plu­ral form of

goose (5) 30.As­sis­tants (5) 31.Le­prosy victim (5)

32. Needle­case (4) 33.Ex­plo­sive de­vice (4) search for the next Scot­land head coach fol­low­ing the sack­ing of Alex McLeish this month.

Eriks­son is just one of a host of for­eign bosses that have been linked with the po­si­tion so far and the likes of Slaven Bilic, Dick Ad­vo­caat have also been touted as pos­si­ble con­tenders in re­cent days.

The Swede has moved to CELTIC forced the Scot­tish FA into a climb-down last night when Scott Brown walked out of Ham­p­den a free man hav­ing had a po­ten­tial two-match ban for his re­cent Old Firm cel­e­bra­tion thrown out by the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee.

In what will be seen as a great win for Celtic, the charge of “fail­ing to act in the best in­ter­est of Scot­tish foot­ball” was not proven.

FULL STORY: SPORT dis­tance him­self from the con­ver­sa­tion about be­com­ing the next man at the Ham­p­den helm and Rangers boss Ger­rard in­sists it should be a Scot­tish coach that gets the cov­eted job.

Ger­rard said: “It doesn’t sur­prise me as he has a de­cent CV and a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence. So it doesn’t sur­prise me he’s in the frame.

“But as some­one man­ag­ing in Scot­land, who has a vested in­ter­est in the game here, I hope they stay Scot­tish.

“I think there are good enough coaches do­mes­ti­cally and I hope some­one Scot­tish gets the op­por­tu­nity.

“Where Scot­tish foot­ball is now, it makes sense to go do­mes­tic.”


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