|Today at Hampden the SFA officially announced the appointment of Alex McLeish as the Scotland manager for the second time, having previously held the position in 2007, during which time he came within minutes of leading the team to UEFA Euro 2008. His first game in charge of Scotland will be at Hampden Park on Friday, 23 March against Costa Rica, followed by a trip to Hungary four days later.
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. There is much to be positive about in Scottish football, with players playing at the highest level and promising talent breaking through. 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."
Alan McRae, Scottish FA President, said: "Alex McLeish is a true Scotland legend and a natural leader who has enjoyed success at club level in Scotland and England and at international level. It is a rarity to be in a position to appoint someone who has experience of successfully managing their country and we are delighted to reach an agreement with Alex. During the recruitment process he received resounding endorsements from several influential figures in the game which helped establish him as an outstanding choice from a strong list of possible candidates. Alex has demonstrated a desire and ability to get results with the national team and we believe that he is best placed to inspire our talented group of players to glory. With Hampden Park hosting matches at UEFA Euro 2020 it is more important than ever before for Scotland to qualify for a tournament finals and we believe that Alex is the exemplary candidate to guide us there."
Images from today's press conference are available on SportPix.
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