Scotland team news: Predicted XI for World Cup qualifier against Malta

first_img 11 11 11 11 Charlie Mulgrew (centre-back) James Forrest (right-wing) Christophe Berra (centre-back) Stuart Armstrong (attacking midfield) 11 11 11 11 Scott Brown (centre-midfield) Andrew Robertson (left-back) James McArthur (centre-midfield) Craig Gordon (goalkeeper) – click the arrow above, right, to view the predicted Scotland XI Matt Phillips (left-wing) Kieran Tierney (right-back) 11 11 11 Scotland are preparing for another important World Cup qualifier against Malta on Monday evening at Hampden Park.Gordon Strachan’s side need to win all their remaining games if they are to have any realistic chance of getting to the 2018 tournament in Russia after a disappointing start to the campaign.On Friday the Scots got the job done impressively as they ran out 3-0 winners over Lithuania and they currently sit third in Group F with 11 points – four points behind second placed Slovakia.The Slovaks face England at the same time as the Scots face Malta so what team will Strachan put out as they look to secure maximum points?Scroll through the gallery above to see talkSPORT’s predicted Scotland XI. Leigh Griffiths (striker)last_img read more

Revealed: Man City bid £22m for Ligue 1 sensation in January

first_imgManchester City lodged a late bid worth as much as £22m for Lille’s teen star Boubakary Soumaré.According to reports in France, the Premier League’s runaway leaders made a late offer to land the midfielder, who was also the subject of interest from Monaco.But Lille managed to keep hold of 18-year-old Soumare, although they are bracing themselves for more incoming bids when the summer window opens.The Frenchman has impressed during his breakthrough season as a first-team player and has appeared eight times in Ligue 1 so far.His form is said to have caught the eye of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who is on the lookout for more options in the defensive midfield area.And French outlet Le10Sport claim City offered around £10.5m up front with another £11.5m in performance related add-ons.But should Soumare continue his progress this season, that fee could well be higher this summer. Boubakary Soumare in action for Lille 1last_img read more