A full round-up of the football news making the headlines this morning in Edinburgh, Scotland, and beyond.
Scots end on a high
• Scotland have firmly set their sights on qualifying for Euro 2016 after last night’s heroics against Croatia.
The Tartan Army saw their heroes finally pull it together at the end of the World Cup 2014 campaign with a 2-0 win. (Various)
Strachan aims to please
Gordon Strachan was glad to make the “nation happy” with the win over Croatia at Hampden Park.
Robert Snodgrass, who had scored in the Scots’ 1-0 win in Zagreb in June, opened the scoring in the first-half with a header before Steven Naismith added a second after the break when he followed up on a Barry Bannan penalty which had been saved by Stipe Pletikosa. (PA)
• Is Gordon Strachan’s influence the reason for Scotland’s improvement in form? What do you think? Leave a comment below and tell us.
Jim glad to avoid abyss
Ex-Hearts boss Jim Jefferies has spoken of his joy after Dunfermline were saved last night with just 15 minutes to spare, as administrator Bryan Jackson ran out of cash.
A late deal to make supporters group Pars United majority shareholders saved the club from going under. (Daily Record)
Forrest eyes Celtic return
James Forrest targeted an extended run of games for Celtic after sitting out Scotland’s win following a run of fitness problems.
The 22-year-old missed all of Celtic’s games in September after an early-season back problem was compounded by a virus that saw him spend time in hospital. (PA)
Mather steps down from Rangers
Craig Mather has stepped down as chief executive of Rangers as the boardroom upheaval continues at Ibrox.
Mather said he was departing in order to try to restore calm to the club, two days after former oldco director Paul Murray won a courtroom victory to force a postponement of next week’s schedule annual general meeting in a dispute over a possible election to determine whether he and his allies should join the board.
Wallace back in for Rangers
Rangers have received good news over the injury that forced Lee Wallace out of the Scotland squad - but manager Ally McCoist has reported fitness setbacks for Ross Perry and Chris Hegarty. (Scotsman/PA)
Cameron hails England win
Prime Minister David Cameron led the applause for England after they secured their place at next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
They beat Poland 2-0 at Wembley to finish as Group H winners and book their flights to South America.(PA)
Wales finish on draw
Chris Coleman felt Craig Bellamy had enjoyed a perfect send-off after the veteran forward’s final telling contribution in a Wales shirt helped earn the injury-hit Dragons a superb 1-1 draw in Belgium.
Aaron Ramsey struck a late equaliser to stun the Group A winners in Brussels and boost manager Coleman’s hopes of keeping his job.(PA)
Brady wants Mick back
Liam Brady has called for Mick McCarthy to be handed a second spell as Republic of Ireland manager.
Former international Brady, who was part of Giovanni Trapattoni’s coaching staff for the first two years of his reign, is convinced the man who took the Republic to the 2002 World Cup finals in the Far East is the one for the job once again. (PA)
• David Moyes could send Wilfried Zaha on loan because he does not feel he is ready to play for Manchester United.