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Friday Round-Up: Strachan’s Gone

Republic of Ireland v Scotland - UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier
Gordon Strachan, pictured with Scott Brown who paid tribute to the former Scotland manager yesterday
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THE BIG STORY: For once the biggest story doesn’t directly involve Celtic, as yesterday Gordon Strachan left his position of Scotland manager after the national side’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup.

It seems the right decision has been made, as despite Scotland’s recent run of decent form the poor results early on in the qualifying campaign - the same time that Strachan continually overlooked Leigh Griffiths - was always going to be held against him. Interestingly enough he was held in high regard by the players, with Celtic and Scotland captain Scott Brown taking to Instagram to pay tribute to his former manager and Leigh Griffiths claiming that Strachan would have managed Scotland to Euro 2020 qualification.

As for who the next manager is going to be, ex Celt Malky Mackay - who is currently the SFA Performance Director - is the bookies favourite, along with another former Celt, David Moyes.

OTHER NEWS: Celtic are finally back in action tomorrow, at home to Dundee - we’ll have a preview on the site later today - and Brendan Rodgers has revealed that up to five players - Jozo Simunovic, Anthony Ralston, Scott Brown, Stuart Armstrong and Tom Rogic - will miss the game, although all apart from Ralston should be available for the game against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

ON THIS DAY: In 2001 an incredible Lubo Moravick free-kick and a last minute Henrik Larsson penalty earned Celtic a 2-1 win over Motherwell at Fir Park.

In 1984 three second-half goals from Peter Grant, Tommy Burns and Brian McClair won the points in a 3-0 win over Hibs at Celtic Park. Fun fact: Mo Johnston made his Celtic debut in this game. Full match highlights are below.