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VIDEO: Scotland’s Burke glides past South Korea with Messi-esque run

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Three teams have advanced to the semifinals at the Toulon Tournament, and Scotland can thank their West Bromwich Albion winger for being one of the trio.

The Scots reached the final four on Saturday, after earning a 2-1 victory over South Korea in their Group B finale.

Baggies winger Oliver Burke looked transformed at the Stade Parsemain, when he provided Scotland with a brilliant run in the eighth minute, which proved to be the difference for the European side.

The win means Scotland finishes atop Group B on seven points, leaving hosts France left out of the semifinals.

England and Mexico have already advanced as well, with the Three Lions meeting Scotland in the next phase.

Rangers name Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard next manager

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A long-standing dominance from Celtic in Scotland’s top flight has created a clear divide at the top of the country’s top flight, but their bitter rivals made a major move at the head coaching position that could help close the gap.

Rangers announced on Friday the appointment of Steven Gerrard on a four-year contract, as the former Liverpool midfielder succeeds Graeme Murty as manager.

“I am honoured to become the next manager of Rangers. I have enormous respect for this football club, and its history and tradition,” Gerrard said following his appointment. “I can’t wait to start this new journey at Rangers as we look to build on the many successes that this Club has achieved.”

Gerrard, who completed his professional career in 2016 in MLS with the LA Galaxy, previously spent his time coaching Liverpool’s Under-18 squad in 2017/18 as his first official managerial position.

The 37-year-old finished his PL career with 186 goals in all competitions for Liverpool, which ranks fifth all-time in club history.

Report: Rangers confident of Gerrard appointment

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Steven Gerrard to Rangers isn’t just buzz, apparently.

Liverpool’s legendary midfielder is ready to move from the pundits’ booth and Reds youth academy set-up to first team football, and he isn’t dodging a challenge.

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Gerrard, who turns 38 next month, was reportedly offered the Glasgow Rangers job and the club is confident he will accept the role.

“BBC Scotland understands talks between the club and Gerrard have gone well, with the 37-year-old believed to be keen on taking over at Ibrox.”

Rangers are back amongst the better teams in the Scottish Premiership but the new boss will be tasked with ending Celtic’s soon-to-be (soon, like perhaps by the time you finish reading this post) seven-consecutive seasons atop the league.

Celtic tops Rangers in Scottish Cup semfinal

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Tom Rogic scored twice and Moussa Dembele converted a pair of penalties as Celtic knocked Rangers out of the Scottish Cup with a 4-0 semifinal win on Sunday at Hampden Park.

Celtic moves on to play Motherwell in the final on May 19.

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Celtic went ahead through Rogic, who made a strong cutback after a trio of good passes through the right of the box.

It was 2-0 through a fine Rogic finish again, the Australian taking advantage of a mishit clearance in the box which may as well have been a pass.

Ross McCrorie was sent off in the 51st minute after conceding a penalty, and Dembele converted to clinch another Old Firm Derby win for Celtic.

Scott McTominay to be called up by Scotland

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Manchester United’s rising star Scott McTominay has received the first international call up of his career.

And it is not from his country of birth.

New Scotland manager Alex McLeish has confirmed that he will name McTominay, 21, in their squad to face Costa Rica in a friendly later this month with McTominay, born and raised in England, ready to represent the Tartan Army.

England is said to have shown little interest in calling up the holding midfielder who has become a mainstay in the United starting lineup over the past few months, playing 16 times this season for the Red Devils.

“He will be in the squad,” McLeish said. “I don’t think that’s the world’s best kept secret at this particular moment. Scott was very receptive. I looked him in the eye and he gave me passion about playing for Scotland. I saw the passion and I really felt that we had nailed it that day.”

McTominay hasn’t played at the international level at all during his career but his grandparents are from Scotland and previous reports have suggested that he was leaning towards playing for them.

Even if he does play for Scotland in the friendly against Costa Rica on Mar. 23, he can still switch to England in the future as it isn’t a competitive game.

Looking at the depth of midfield options for England, McTominay’s decision may be a little hasty. Aside from Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson, how many other central midfielders playing regularly in the Premier League does Gareth Southgate have to choose from?

Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Cork and maybe Lewis Cook are other options, but there seems to be slim pickings in that area of the pitch. But with England’s U-17 and U-20 teams the current world champions, it’s likely that the Three Lions will promote their players from within the ranks rather than selecting someone who has risen to stardom over the past few months. Maybe that has swayed McTominay’s decision.

Still, if he continues to be a regular for United in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League in the coming months, surely he can change his mind? I’m sure that will go down very well with both the Scotland and England fans…

On a serious note, he is a tough tackling, composed central midfielder who reminds me of Michael Carrick in possession and his positional sense is spot on, something Mourinho loves. Is McTominay the best thing since sliced bread? No. But is he a top prospect who will get regular minutes at United under Mourinho in the next 12-18 months? More than likely that will be the case.