HE’S more commonly associated with the football pitch than the parliament.
But Gordon Strachan will hang up his boots for one evening when he takes to the stage at the Festival of Politics next month.
The Scotland manager will join a line-up of prominent sporting figures – including former Scotland rugby captain Jason White – to discuss The Future of Scottish Sport at the eagerly anticipated Holyrood event on Thursday, August 18.
Tickets are expected to sell out for the talk in the debating chamber, where the public will be invited to question the panel on the topic and hear their views in an hour-long presentation.
Joining Strachan and White are president of the Commonwealth Games Federation Louise Martin and Olympic medallist and world champion curler Eve Muirhead. The event will be chaired by presiding officer Ken Macintosh MSP.
The stars will look at the future of sport for young people in Scotland and reflect on the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Mr Macintosh said: “The Festival of Politics is where people of all political beliefs – and none – come to find the stimulating and provocative debate expected at Holyrood.
“We are, as ever, bursting with big and thoughtful ideas.”
Muirhouse-raised Strachan played football for Scotland as well as for the likes of Manchester United, Aberdeen and Dundee before going on to become a manager. His career has included stints with Celtic, Middlesbrough and Coventry City.
The Festival of Politics runs from August 18-20.
Mr Macintosh said: “In our 12th year, the Festival of Politics programme is themed around The Architecture of Democracy.
“From dissecting the concept of democracy and getting the inside track on political statesman the Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable, to political dramas such as Borgen; and from the art of the political speechwriter and to the future themes of neuroscience and artificial intelligence.
“We have partnered with the Festival of Architecture 2016 on a series of challenging panels including the Scotstyle event celebrating the best 100 buildings in Scotland from the last 100 years as nominated by the Scottish public.
“Our Festival Café Bar has its own giant Lego map of Scotland and programme of music, choirs, poetry, exhibitions and dance. We look forward to welcoming you at the Scottish Parliament for three days of stimulating political debate and conversation.”
• The Future of Scottish Sport runs from 5pm to 6.30pm. Tickets cost £8/£6. For full programme details, visit festivalofpolitics.scot