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Scotland defence coach Matt Taylor says selections will be based largely on players' ability to "bring power into the game – repeatability and work rate"

Picking a World Cup squad is an exercise in debugging

Heather Watson of Great Britain could not overcome Lauren Davis of the US during her first-round match at Flushing Meadows

Heather Watson blames stress as she falls at first hurdle again in New York

17 year old keeper Giorgi Makaridze makes his debut for Georgia as they beat Scotland in Tbilisi (37088835)

Former Georgia manager tips keeper Giorgi Makaridze to haunt Scotland again

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 12: Joachim Low poses during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2014 at the Kongresshaus on January 12, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland..PHOTOGRAPH BY Imago / Barcroft Media..UK Office, London..T +44 845 370 2233.W www.barcroftmedia.com..

Germany manager Joachim Low vows to deliver victory against Scotland and Poland

aRangers' Gedion Zelalem applauds the fan (37087224)

USA coach backs Rangers to make Gedion Zelalem a star-spangled success

'Trust' was central to Gordon Strachan's popularity as Celtic manager, according to Stephen McManus

Stephen McManus tells Graham Spiers that Strachan is 'best-ever' boss

Croatian centre-half Jozo Simunovic is on the brink of agreeing terms with Celtic

Celtic set to strengthen with signings of Ryan Christie and Jozo Simunovic before window closes

Scotland's referees, such as Willie Collum, have the support of Stewart Regan, the SFA chief executive. Picture: SNS

Regan: Managers should lay off Scotland's referees

Shaun Maloney

Shaun Maloney in confident mood ahead of Scotland's qualifying fixtures

Tyler Blackett

Tyler Blackett relishing prospect of regular football with Celtic

Potential: Celtic have been given permission to speak to Ryan Christie, who is reminiscent of a young Garth Bale according to teammate Owain Fon Williams. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Inverness give Celtic permission to speak to "next Gareth Bale" Ryan Christie

Derek Lyle is sent off by referee Bobby Madden with fourth official Crawford Allan in attendance

Rival managers criticise ref over Lyle dismissal

Shaun Maloney in action that fateful night in Tbilisi in October 2007.

Maloney has Georgia on his mind as Scotland go back to the future

Serena Williams

Serena Williams' US Open chances boosted as five seeds drop in first round

David de Gea

Manchester United 'agree deal to sell David de Gea to Real Madrid'

Mark McGhee

Mark McGhee focuses on the action as Scotland seek to secure Euro 2016 qualification

Scotland wing Sean Lamont

Scotland's Sean Lamont assumes nothing ahead of World Cup squad announcement

Andy Murray

Mats Wilander expects Andy Murray to add to major haul

On the move?: Scotland striker Steven Fletcher is believed to be the subject of a loan-bid from Celtic

On the move and in the news: Jozo Simunovic, Steven Fletcher, Paul Pogba and all the other transfer talk

Queen of the South 1 Rangers 5: Five-star Rangers move to Ladbrokes Championship summit after QOTS demolition

Queen of the South 1 Rangers 5: Five-star Gers move to Championship summit after QOTS demolition

Scotland assistant Mark McGhee helps to promote a new sponsorship deal with Tennent's.

Mark McGhee admits on-form Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is in contention for Scotland start in Georgia

Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett at Lennoxtown yesterday after completing his loan move to Celtic.

Tyler Blackett eyes England call-up after completing Celtic loan switch from Manchester United

Benoit Paire shakes hands with Kei Nishikori after the Frenchman's victory

Kei Nishikori back down to earth with a bump after 2014 final appearance

Made the cut: Scotland's Ewen Ferguson has been called up to the Great Britain and Ireland team for the Walker Cup.

Ewen Ferguson called up to Walker Cup team

29/08/15 LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP .  CELTIC v ST JOHNSTONE .  CELTIC PARK - GLASGOW .  Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates his equaliser with team-mate Saidy Janko (left). (36965184)

Janko backing Blackett to thrive at Celtic

Dom Thomas, right, challenges Mark O'Hara of Kilmarnock during Motherwell's 1-0 win

Ian Baraclough has faith in his striking five

Monaco forward Anthony Martial has been given permission by France coach Didier Deschamps "to travel to England to sign a contract with Manchester United", the French Football Federation has announced. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

Monaco striker Anthony Martial set to sign for Manchester United

Back to the big-time: Former Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic could be returning to the English Premier League with West Ham

Ex-Rangers star Jelavic nearing return to Premier League

Sunderland hope to push through a permanent swoop for striker Fabio Borini after agreeing a £7million deal with Liverpool. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Sunderland agree fee with Liverpool for £60,000-a-week Fabio Borini

Captain Ross Curle limped off after seven minutes but it didn't stop Ayr

Glasgow Hawks 3 Ayr 32: Hosts undone by lack of possession

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan.

Scotland toast new deal with Tennent's as they kick off preparations for Euro 2016 double header

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan after naming his squad for the Euro 2016 double header against Georgia and Germany.

Forget World Cup winners Germany, qualifier against Georgia is massive for Scotland's Euro 2016 hopes

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30:  Andy Murray of the United Kingdom looks on during a practice session prior to the U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for the U

Murray ready to put 'big win' over Djokovic to good use in New York

Great Britain's Heather Watson during a preview day for the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 27, 2015. See PA story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit shou

Heather Watson still rues missed opportunity against Serena . . .

John Barclay capped a strong performance with a try but may yet miss out on a place in Cotter's squad. Picture: SNS

Scotland 48 Italy 7: Vern Cotter's first-choice XV make their case for inclusion

Two-try Tim Visser determined to make World Cup cut

Wales' Gethin Jenkins is top of the prop charts ahead of World Cup

BT Premiership round-up: Currie demolish Stirling County

Selkirk 13 Gala 32: Top-flight newcomers given reality check

Profile shot: Head Coach Ryan Finnerty..Picture: Al Goold (www.algooldphoto.com). (32178389)

Braehead Clan not content with gallant loser tag after home Euro debut

Scotland coach Vern Cotter must drop nine players from his squad for the Rugby World Cup. Picture: SNS

Cotter poised to make some close calls in final round of cuts

Neil McCartney, the well-travelled chairman of Orkney RFC

Self-sufficiency is in the DNA of Orcadian rugby

Queens' striker Derek Lyle is dismissed from the field of play. Picture: SNS

Lyle sees red as Warburton equals historic Rangers record

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUGUST 30:  Thomas Pieters of Belguim celebrates with the trophy after winning the D+D Real Czech Masters at the Albatross Golf Resort on August 30, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images) (37019501)

Pieters into history books with victory in Prague

Salmond still keeping his eye in on Scottish golfing affairs

Nasi Manu is looking forward to his Edinburgh debut against Leinster on Friday

Get Hardie, Manu advises Edinburgh

New season, new broom as Hutchie hire Craig Sorbie

Delight for Ferguson as Scot earns late Walker Cup call-up

On your marks. The race to qualify for the 2016 Ryder Cup begins in Russia this week (Picture: Kenny Smith/PA)

Under starters order, but Ryder Cup race is far from a level playing field

Grant Ferguson was a member of Scotland's team at the Commonwealth Games. Picture: SNS

Chain reaction: The Scottish mountain biker who's hoping his recent World Cup win can propel him to a world championsip medal

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