Gordon Strachan to continue as Scotland boss

Gordon Strachan has been under pressure over recent results
Gordon Strachan has been under pressure over recent results
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Gordon Strachan is to remain as Scotland manager.

Reports had claimed Strachan was considering his future and that he was set to have discussions with the Scottish Football Association after a poor start to World Cup qualification. However, it is understood that the former Celtic boss and the governing body are not inclined to part ways.

Edinburgh-born Strachan will therefore be in charge when Scotland bid to rekindle their World Cup qualification hopes against England at Wembley next month.

Scotland were beaten 3-0 in Slovakia on Tuesday night, which followed the 1-1 draw with Lithuania at Hampden Park last Saturday.

Although Scotland have dropped to fourth place in Group F, after taking only four points from three games, a victory over group leaders England at Wembley on November 11 would put them level on points with Gareth Southgate’s side.

Strachan’s assistant, Mark McGhee, insists the Scots “still have a great chance of qualification”.

McGhee, who doubles as Motherwell boss, said: “There is still a great chance of qualification, obviously results have to improve but I think there is potential there for that to happen. So I think it is still all to play for.’’

Former Scotland captain Stephen McManus backed Strachan, his former boss at Celtic.

The 34-year-old Motherwell defender, capped 26 times, said: “I am not saying this because he is an ex-manager, I am saying it honestly, I believe Gordon Strachan is the right man to take the country forward now. A lot is going to be riding on the next game. You could win there and you could end up back in contention.”