New Scotland manager Alex McLeish today vowed to showcase the nation’s talents to the world – at Euro 2020.
Gothenburg Great McLeish, 59, was today unveiled as new Scotland boss and immediately targeted endingmore than two decades of major tournament qualifying pain.
McLeish was today unveiled as Gordon Strachan’s successor at Hampden on a two-year deal until 2020.
The Dons legend will take charge of the national squad for the second time having previously held the position in 2007.
He came close to securing qualification to Euro 2008. Following that campaign he left the Scotland post to take over at then Premier League Birmingham City.
McLeish said: “It is a tremendous honour to be named Scotland National Team Head Coach.
“I am incredibly fortunate to have had the chance to lead my country already and I am immensely proud to be in this position for a second time.
“With Hampden Park as one of the host venues for Euro 2020 we have an amazing opportunity to showcase our talents to the world from our own back yard.
“I am relishing the challenge of leading us to a major tournament and I cannot wait to get started.”
Scotland have not qualified for a major final since France 1998 but McLeish insists he has a strong squad available to him in the bid to end that drought.
He said: “There is much to be positive about in Scottish football, with players playing at the highest level and promising talent breaking through.”
The SFA initially targeted Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill but he rejected their advances.
Former Scotland boss Walter Smith was also targeted for the job.
Scotland legend Willie Miller, a fellow Gothenburg Great, believes the SFA have the right candidate in McLeish.
Miller said: “They’ve got a manager with experience and a manager who did well, even though it was just a short period of time with Scotland last time.
“Alex has managed at a high level on both sides of the border.
“He’s not under contract so it saves the SFA substantial sums they were prepared to shell out for O’Neill, which I didn’t agree with.
“It has resurrected a precarious situation and now gives stability going forward with a man who knows what managing at international level is all about.
“Eventually we got there, but it was excruciating the road they took.
“In terms of the SFA and how they’ve gone about it, it’s just been a dreadful situation – and embarrassing.”