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GORDON STRACHAN PROFILE
Gordon made an immediate impression as manager of Scotland, leading his country to a 1-0 win over Estonia in Aberdeen.
And despite their failure to qualify for the European Championship finals, recent results have been impressive with three successive victories, including friendly wins over the Czech Republic and Denmark.
A member of the Scotland Hall of Fame, Gordon, 59, won 50 caps for the nation, playing in two World Cup finals while winning titles as a player and manager and leading Celtic to the last 16 of the Champions League.
As a player, Gordon made 635 appearances – and scored 138 goals – with Dundee, Aberdeen, Manchester United, Leeds United and Coventry City.
With Aberdeen, he won two Scottish titles, three Scottish Cup successes and European Cup Winners’ Cup winners’ medal. He also won the European Super Cup.
He moved to Manchester United in 1984 and won the FA Cup a year later. At Leeds, Strachan won the Second Division in 1990 and, two years later, won the First Division.
He finished his playing career with Coventry and became the club’s player-manager before hanging up his boots. Gordon remained at Highfield Road for five years before taking over at Southampton where he took the Saints to the FA Cup final.
Gordon was unsuccessfully interviewed by the SFA in 2004 but recovered from the setback to lead Celtic to three titles in a row – as well as the Scottish Cup and two League Cup successes – before a spell in charge at Middlesbrough, which ended in 2010.
His record with Scotland has been impressive. Of his 29 games in charge, Gordon has won 14 and drawn five, giving him a nearly 49% success rate, the best by any Scotland manager since Alex McLeish, though he had only 10 games. And he has now managed more Scotland games than any boss since Berti Vogts.