SCOTLAND's European coefficient has reached a five-year high following wins for Celtic and Rangers in the Europa League last night, Hearts have "failed" in a late move to appoint Derek Adams as Craig Levein's successor and a new candidate has emerged to be the next Hibernian manager.

Scotland rises up the coefficient table

Celtic's dramatic 2-1 victory in Rome, coupled with Rangers' 2-0 win over Porto, has seen Scotland's club coefficient rise to a five-year high. Scotland currently has the fifth-highest coefficient points tally of any European nation so far this season as we edge closer to gaining a second Champions League spot.

Brown: Lazio win is one of the highlights of my career

Celtic captain Scott Brown ranks last night's win in Rome as one of the greatest European results in his career and hailed the result as 'very special'. He said: "It ranks right up there with my best wins in Europe with Celtic. To be part of that win in Rome was very special."

Goldson targets knockout stages

Alfredo Morelos and Steven Davis scored late goals against Porto at Ibrox last night to secure a 2-0 win for Steven Gerrard's side against the Portuguese runners-up, and defender Connor Goldson believes Rangers have what it takes to qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League. He said: "That result is up there with our best results in Europe. To get a result like that was great and it puts us in a great position in this group to try and qualify which is what we want to do."

O'Connor earns Ireland call-up

Celtic defender Lee O'Connor, who joined the club from Manchester United on transfer deadline day and is yet to make a first-team appearance for Neil Lennon's side, has been called up to the senior Ireland squad for their upcoming friendly with New Zealand. The Daily Record are reporting that the 19-year-old has impressed for Ireland's under-21s and will be given a chance to show what he can do in the senior set-up.

Leigh set for permanent Pittodrie switch

Aberdeen left-back Greg Leigh, on loan at Pittodrie from Dutch side NAC Breda, is set to complete a permanent move to the Dons afte Derek McInnes confirmed that Aberdeen will trigger an option in his loan deal. McInnes is also keen to extend the loan for Jon Gallagher, on loan from Atalanta United, according to the Daily Record.

Wright to Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland are lining up a move for St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright, according to the Scottish Sun. Current manager Michael O'Neill is on the brink of completing a move to Stoke City with the IFA impressed with Wright's work in Perth.

Redfearn linked with Hibs vacancy

Former Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn is the latest manager to be linked with the Hibernian job after Paul Heckingbottom was sacked by the Leith club earlier this week. The Edinburgh Evening News reckon that Redfearn is among the contenders for the position but say that Jack Ross is still the favourite to land the job.

Hearts miss out on Adams

Hearts, meanwhile, have 'failed' in a last-ditch attempt to bring former Ross County and Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams to Tynecastle. The Scottish Sun say that Hearts made contact woth the 44-year-old on Thursday afternoon but Adams has since agreed to take over at Morecambe.

Rangers target Hladky pre-contract signing

Rangesr are mulling over a move for St Mirren goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky, according to the Scottish Sun - but only if current reserve keeper Wes Foderingham leaves Ibrox when his contract expires at the end of the season. Hladky, 28, has been fantastic since joining the Paisley outfit and reportedly caught the eye of Azerbaijani champions Qarabag in the summer.