The countdown to Scotland’s crunch double header next month officially starts as Gordon Strachan names his squad on Monday.The early news is Liam Cooper will be called up for the first time since March but there’s even bigger news in the youth ranks.Joe MacPherson, who has represented Scotland at under-17 level has switched his allegiances… to Peru. The Aberdeen defender was born in Lima and is one of two overseas players to be called up for the under-18 training camp. Meanwhile, the aftermath of Saturday’s Old Firm derby rumbles on with Tom Rogic making a cheeky dig at Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha. He believes the gulf in class is as big between the dugouts as it is on the pitch, saying you’d never see Brendan Rodgers getting involved with the opposition’s captain the way he did with Scott Brown.
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates victory after defeating John Millman of Australia during their Men’s Singles first round match on day two of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFPWorld number two Rafael Nadal advanced to the US Open third round by walkover on Thursday after Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis withdrew from the tournament with a right shoulder injury.The 33-year-old Spaniard, an 18-time Grand Slam winner and three-time US Open champion, will next face the winner of a later match between South Korean qualifier Chung Hyeon and Spanish 32nd seed Fernando Verdasco.ADVERTISEMENT UK thanks PH for rescuing Brit, Filipino wife abducted in Sulu MOST READ ‘Ghost guns’ are untraceable, easy to make, more prevalent Nadal’s path to the final, already eased with “Big Three” rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on the opposite side of the draw, had opened up further before Nadal got the break of extra rest.Four other top-10 rivals were ousted in the first round at Flushing Meadows, leaving possible quarter-finals foe Alexander Zverev, the sixth seed from Germany, as his highest-rated rival. And Zverev battled through his second five-setter Thursday just to reach the third round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotel LATEST STORIES Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Renovation of old sports venues not just for SEA Games use Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What a relief! Paris show lifts taboo on historic outdoor loos Nets forward Wilson Chandler slapped with 25-game doping suspension ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments