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Sunday 13 July 2014

Scotland can still reach Brazil – Strachan

Published 16/01/2013|05:00

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Gordon Strachan spoke of a 40-year football journey ending in pride when he was named the new Scotland manager.

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The former Coventry, Southampton, Celtic and Middlesbrough boss was confirmed in the post by the Scottish FA before a lunchtime press conference at Hampden yesterday.

Strachan started his career at Dundee and a long and illustrious playing career with Aberdeen, Manchester United, Leeds and Coventry earned him 50 caps for Scotland.

The 55-year-old has been out of management since leaving Boro in October 2010 but he realised a long-held dream when made boss of his national side on a contract that will take him through to the 2016 European Championship qualifiers.

"I am very proud of myself but my family, my wife, mother, grand children, children and my friends are very proud," he said. "It is probably 40 years in the making to get here. It is a job that I wanted to do and for a Scotsman, this is a fantastic thing."

Strachan will take charge of his first match against Estonia in a friendly on February 6 before the World Cup qualification double-header against Wales and Serbia in March.

Hopes of qualifying for the Brazil, though, are all but over after taking just two points from their first four Group A games under former boss Craig Levein.

However, Strachan refused to throw in the towel, saying: "We will give it a go, that's all you can do. What we want to try to do is give something back to the fans and have them turn up to a major finals.

"The Irish have kind of stepped in for us for a while so we hopefully the Irish and Scots can get together at one major finals – it will be one helluva party."

Irish Independent

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