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Of course, what made those moments special was the unwavering support of our fans. Through highs and lows you have stayed with the team and my biggest regret is not being able to provide the finals tournament you deserve.feedback
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Gordon Strachan has most recently been quoted in an article called Gordon Strachan quits as Scotland manager after missing out on World Cup. Gordon Strachan said, “I would like to thank the Board, the backroom staff and everyone at the Scottish FA for the help and support they have given me as national coach. It has been a real privilege.”. Gordon Strachan has been quoted a grand total of 93 times in 25 articles.
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Oct 08 2017 - Scottish independence

You have to ask that question but you know fine well that I'm going to say I'm the last person I'm thinking about now. Players, staff and family – I want to make sure they're all right. The players' families have backed them up and everything else. So we are looking after them at the moment. Me? It's not a problem. I am proud, really proud, to be their manager.feedback

Oct 08 2017 - Scottish independence

This group do it for nothing. They do it for their country, their families and the fans. So it's an honour to work with them and they're hurting badly. When I look back I think, You have given it a right good shot,' and they left nothing in the dressing room. Over the last two games especially they gave it everything they had.feedback

Oct 08 2017 - Scottish independence

I've been fortunate to have been successful in my own career and get to places. But with all due respect to the lads I played with – some who are my mates now – this group are as good as anything I've worked with.feedback

Oct 07 2017 - Scottish independence

That's the difference at this level. People talk about systems and tactics but when it came down to it, what won us that game? Leigh Griffiths turning, stretching even though he might get hurt and toepokes it. That's what made the difference.feedback

Oct 07 2017 - Scottish independence

His part in the goal was unbelievable. We had talked to them about pushing themselves that little bit more than you think you can. Then you see the way he stretched to get to the ball just to toepoke it through to Ikechi Anya. That toe poke won us the game.feedback

Oct 07 2017 - Scottish independence

I think so, yeah. I think we all agreed at the start of the group that, with what England have got, second place would be a smashing achievement. It'll be another long and nervous night, I think.feedback

Oct 07 2017 - Scottish independence

You'd give it your best but you'd be knackered after 20 minutes. So you have to have the physical strength to keep the mental strength going. Our players have shown they have that in their locker. The fans know we have it in our locker as well.feedback

Oct 07 2017 - Scottish independence

That is something I'll have a conversation with him about. I'll need to have a word. His performances of late have been terrific. I just thought he was magnificent the other night.feedback

Oct 07 2017 - Scottish independence

They have a fantastic record here and they'll want to keep that going. They'll probably be thinking they should be in second place just now if it hadn't been for some last-minute goals.feedback

Oct 05 2017 - Scottish independence

Slovakia going down to 10 men shook us for a bit because we had done our work against 11 - and then it changes. But we managed to adapt and we created plenty of chances.feedback

Oct 05 2017 - Scottish independence

The man of the match for them was the keeper [Martin Dubravka] - he was magnificent. And the crossbar was good as well.feedback

Oct 05 2017 - Scottish independence

We had all these great performances and then the footballing gods decided to give us victory.feedback

Oct 05 2017 - Scottish independence

It says a lot about their fitness. You have got to have fitness to have the mental strength, otherwise you have a weakness.feedback

Oct 05 2017 - Scottish independence

When you see guys are ready to go on and play, and don't let the disappointment take over, it is easy for you. The 14 boys changed the result from a draw to a victory.feedback

Oct 05 2017 - Scottish independence

I've not thought about it. I'm going to enjoy this for about an hour and a half. We're going to forget about Slovenia until this is over.feedback

Oct 05 2017 - Scottish independence

We have been building up to a performance like that. They deserve a performance and result like that. How many times have we had bad luck written all over it? It wasn't about luck tonight, it was a great goalkeeper, the crossbar and eventually getting one in.feedback

Oct 05 2017 - Scottish independence

I genuinely thought we would score, regardless of when that was. At no time did it feel really stressful. I could see they had everything under control. They had a real belief in what they were trying to do.feedback

Oct 02 2017 - Scottish independence

I did say I always thought it would be very difficult to beat them. I saw them at the European Championship last summer.feedback

Oct 02 2017 - Scottish independence

I've been told we have momentum with us because of the last game.feedback

Oct 02 2017 - Scottish independence

They made life difficult for England and they'll make it hard for us. I think it will be a long night. An interesting night. It might even be a nervous night but, hopefully, at the end, we're all happy.feedback

Oct 02 2017 - Malta

They have four or five top, top players, backed by a team of good players. They have a small squad, like a club side and they get on with it. You can nearly pick their side, most of the time, one or two areas apart.feedback

Oct 02 2017 - Scottish independence

It is different if it is Messi. Do you want to step in for Messi? 'No, I don't want to step in for Messi., I'd rather just sit on the bench and watch this.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Scottish independence

We have dealt with it. I would like to have had more points. That's our fault. We didn't get the points that we would like to, but now we have a bit of momentum going and want to try to pick these points up again.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Scottish independence

I have a great pride in what I do and enjoy working with these guys.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Scottish independence

That was a bad spell we went through. Most club sides get a bad spell and I think we have dealt with it like a club side. We have got over it and recovered as a group.feedback

Sep 02 2017 - Scottish independence

We said afterwards that we were lucky to get the breaks and we didn't disguise that. We didn't think it was a 5-1 mauling. We just thought it was a good performance, with the breaks at the right time. How hard did England find it to break them down? How hard did other teams find it?feedback

Sep 02 2017 - Scottish independence

That's what happens in a year. There is a shift in the players I expect to start games now. As I said before, about systems and the rest of it, when you are defending, that's when most of your coaching counts. When you are attacking, you leave it to players you think can win the game for you and the players we are picking to do that are winning games for us.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Scottish independence

We asked them to use their energy, not just to pass. The energy had to come as well to allow more space and that is what they did.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Scottish independence

For a manager who turned into a spectator at one point - and that is what I did, because I just went 'let them go' - they made it easy for us as a coaching staff because of their performances, their bravery on the ball, their energy.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Scottish independence

We never felt out of it. Over the last 18 months it has been changing in terms of energy. Players are playing at a high level, Celtic players are playing European football. It shows if you play at that level, your game will come on.feedback

Aug 21 2017 - Scottish independence

I keep thinking about the excitement of that 15 minutes rather than a point won or two points lost. It kind of got through to the point where I thought: 'Hmm, it was definitely two points lost' It was an emotional game and it took us a wee while to get over it. For the next month it was non-stop, people telling me how it felt at the time. Even English people I know felt desperate for us, which I found hard to believe. They must have been patronising us - but they knew it was hard for us to take.feedback

Aug 21 2017 - Scottish independence

There was a plateau at Hull when he first got there and he dealt with that. He has no fear going forward. His fitness is fantastic so he can go on these runs that others might not go on because they find it difficult getting back.feedback

Aug 21 2017 - Scottish independence

It was crazy – nobody could play on that. We've got a place where we'll train, but not Kilmarnock. We just thought the travelling there and back would be too much.feedback

Aug 21 2017 - Scottish independence

I am sure he will enjoy that pressure. He has been asked questions all through his life and he has answered them. He is ready now for that top club.feedback

Aug 21 2017 - Scottish independence

The lads in the Premier League in England, or the Championship, don't really train on that at all, so we need to speak to our sports people.feedback

Aug 21 2017 - Scottish independence

But the players shouldn't get too spooked at all because the actual surfaces are not that bad now - nowhere near like the days QPR and Luton Town were like cement you were playing on.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Scottish independence

Griffiths, to score the goals he did after the work he put in, that's taking drive to a new level. I cannot remember anyone hitting a better free-kick and hitting another one straight after.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Scottish independence

That was the one, at 60 years old that could have been the best result of my footballing career. I might look back, at the moment that would have been the best one because of the difference of players and the standard we play - it's the biggest gap I've seen.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Scottish independence

He led the line brilliantly and Chris Martin came on and did well as well.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Scottish independence

To do what they did, people can talk about ability and this and that, but you cannot do more than they did.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

Gareth had a look and decided he needed active rest and a bit of a laugh and a joke. He decided to take them off the football field, while we needed ours to get them on it.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

Everybody is cheering and you're thinking: 'What a prat. You've just left me and my nine mates to get on with this.' That 'get intae them' theory of playing football is gone.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

I've seen games like this when players thought it was great if they went clattering into tackles and the crowd went 'Yeah!' Then they get a yellow card or a red card and you're playing with 10 men while they're clapping the crowd as they go off.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

We're not fighting in the streets anymore, it's not Culloden and all the rest of it.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

He never said he was going to score three or four goals. That's a different thing altogether. He's too respectful to say things like that.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

Yeah – and if they score I still have confidence. We are looking at ways to stop them but we won't sit back in numbers and hope to do it. We have to make sure they don't get to make passes or fire in crosses and, if they do, we have to find numbers to fill in areas.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

I genuinely believe we can win. I really do and I'd be really disappointed if we didn't get anything from the game.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

That's why we like him as a bloke. He's got that respect from his team-mates and people playing against him, because he respects you.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

The best bond is when you are on the field and in the dressing-room. That's what's happened with Celtic and, when you see the six Celtic boys together their, team spirit is fantastic.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

I don't think this is a free hit, I really don't think it's like that. I genuinely believe we can win the game, I really do. I'd be really disappointed if we didn't get anything from the game. That's how close we were, so I take that. Then I take the training, the enthusiasm of the training, and what the guys who have had a good season are bringing to the group, all that adds up to feeling good.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

I'm OK. I'm fine. Funnily enough I want to win for everyone bar myself. So we're looking after one another.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

I take stuff from the last England game, where we would all agree that there was nothing happening and we were comfortable and doing a lot of things we had worked on. We get a couple of chances, we don't take them, we could have been in the lead. If big Grant Hanley was playing regularly, he would have put that header in the back of the net and then Gary Cahill loops one in.feedback

May 22 2017

You have to remember that his mindset from a year ago is completely different. People were asking, Is he past his best – is he as fit as he was?' and he had to deal with that. All the Celtic players are much fitter than they were last year so that makes you mentally stronger.feedback

May 22 2017

It's a good level of competition where he can be free and enjoy himself without that much pressure. He's going to be a top player, that's for sure but you need games at that stage of your career. You're talking about Russell Martin, Christophe Berra and Charlie Mulgrew. They have their own fitness coaches and we've said that nearer the time we can put stuff on for them if they really need that, but we can't replicate a game for three or four.feedback

May 22 2017

And when you're mentally stronger, you start winning games. It just keeps turning over. What is he, 31? That's nothing for a footballer. At 29, you've just had a bad game.feedback

May 22 2017

I think the expectation from myself, the media and fans has maybe put too much on him. We all expected it because he can run like the wind, he can do this and he can do that, but he's only played something like 23 starts in his career. It's very hard to have that expectation when you play every weekend and up your game, but when it's only 10 minutes it can be very hard to live up to that expectation. That's why we thought the three games in Toulon will be great for him. I don't think he's played three games in close proximity.feedback

May 22 2017

There was a concern that might be a dip after the Celtic players won the league, but there wasn't. They have got that mentality it seems. They say: 'I'm enjoying this, I must keep this going, wherever I play I must win.feedback

May 22 2017

We didn't know at that time how many of them would be in play-offs and who would be doing what. It is very hard.feedback

May 22 2017

When you get to 30, your legs have gone. You have to go 'Wait a minute, I'm still running about as much as I did'. He's far more influential now than he was 10 years ago. He had influential spells 10 years ago when they were so exciting it was untrue, but he has an influence for 90 minutes now, longer.feedback

May 22 2017

Yeah, they're the ones you have to worry about more than anyone else and I've been in touch with them.feedback

May 22 2017 - Scottish independence

We feel that Toulon will be better for him to get three games in a short period. He can breathe and enjoy himself without too much pressure [in Toulon] whereas when he steps out here there is too much pressure. Oliver is going to be a top top player, all he needs now is games. It is unfair to expect too much from Oliver when his is not getting a game [for Leipzig].feedback

Mar 29 2017

Yes I do. But what I would like between now and then is for players to get a regular game for their clubs. The Leigh Griffiths that has played the last 10 games for Celtic takes the chances that we created against Slovenia. But it is not easy when you aren't playing regularly to hit the bar then the post and keep going. But he did it.feedback

Mar 25 2017 - Scottish independence

There's a clarity to it when you face something like this. There's no, If we get a draw, there's this' and it ends up a good draw. It has to be a win now and it changes everything completely. Whatever comes after that looks after itself but a win changes the landscape.feedback

Mar 25 2017 - Scottish independence

Whether they're fans in the stadium, players on the pitch, people watching at home, or people who can't see the game, we'll have five and a half million Scots wanting us to win tomorrow. That will inspire us. We know everyone wants us to win. Whether you like this striker or that midfielder or that coach, they want Scotland to win, so that's what you take out there with you and, as long as you appreciate that, you know you're not on your own.feedback

Mar 25 2017 - Scottish independence

I'm the lucky one who gets to lead out a team. I'm the one who's got to make decisions. I'm good with that. You might think that's strange but it's not. I'm oblivious to anything after that.feedback

Mar 25 2017 - Scottish independence

Training today was marvellous – the sun was out, there were kids watching us training. You think, Wow, what a wonderful life.' The only thing that scares me is not getting three points.feedback

Mar 25 2017 - Scottish independence

There's no grey areas to it – it's must-win. That's dealing with reality. But sometimes when you have a challenge like that in life, it brings the best out of you so we will have a team ready for that challenge of 'must‑win' tomorrow. What we don't have to do is win it in the first five or 10 minutes. You never know in big games when your opportunity will come along. However, what we do have to do is make opportunities and the players we pick tomorrow will make those opportunities.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Scottish independence

So, we learned that lesson, the lesson that you really can't miss-pass the ball so many times in the first 10 minutes and expect to then go and play that well because you lose a bit of confidence. I thought we could have trusted each other better with the ball but because of our first 15 minutes, giving the ball away, I thought we got a bit negative. I thought a lot of players found it hard. Using a golfing analogy, it is very hard to take two months off at golf and then go and play in the US Masters. It isn't the easiest course in the world.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Scottish independence

But I'm so glad we took that game learned some invaluable things which will help us on Sunday.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Scottish independence

It is one of the best decisions we have made as the coaching group in the SFA by playing this game. We found out so many things, it has cleared up a lot and helped some players. It is very hard for players who are not playing regularly to turn on the magic and feel really good about themselves. It is hard to ask players who haven't played for a while to come in and get their touch right. Small things like Griff [Leigh Griffiths] having the shot over at the end. When he is playing regularly that goes in the back of the net.feedback

Mar 22 2017

So it wasn't the easiest pitch in the world to play on with the conditions. To try and find your form in an international match on a night like this was hard. It is not going to go down as one of the most memorable nights as a manager or a player – it is going to be a long way down the line.feedback

Mar 13 2017

You don't have to be a devil but there has to be a devil inside you and I think his personality has grown because he joined Celtic and had to deal with what comes with that. I think that what he wanted to do before - and I might be wrong - is be a good team player, but he had more than that in him. What he is trying to do now is be the best player on the pitch first and then be a good team player.feedback

Mar 13 2017

Some people stand in positions - he runs into positions. He runs beyond strikers as well, which is good. He has got the taste for goals now which is why he has come to the fore.feedback

Mar 13 2017

Tom Cairney could be the best midfield player in the Championship. Maybe I am looking at it through rose-tinted glasses, but he has been very influential for Fulham in a new central role. Fulham used to play 4-4-1-1 and he played wide on the right and came in on his left foot. He is now not doing that. He gone back in there and scored goals. He's certainly been a bonus to watch, but the bonus will only come into effect if he plays well and scores goals for us. For me to go along and watch him play football has been a real joy.feedback

Mar 13 2017

The Celtic players will be playing on the Sunday, so that is probably a day-and-a-half before they are ready to do something. I would rather prepare that team from the Monday, so they will probably not be playing. That is why it's a bit bigger. There are also one or two grumbling injuries that players have had that we know about.feedback

Mar 13 2017

I thought it better to have everybody in the squad. Rather than have a smaller squad and then calling people in. That's why we gave them this kind of preparation time.feedback

Mar 13 2017

Before the England game he was playing in a right-midfield position and coming in off his left foot, same as Snodgrass and Ritchie, and we can all agree they are not too bad.feedback

Mar 13 2017

Stuart had five shots on Sunday and all five were on target. That's good going. Previously he was wide in a three-man midfield. That has changed. He has gone to that central midfield position which I always thought was his best. He's a different personality now. He was just a lovely fellow. Me and my wife went to a dinner and he made an acceptance speech and we all said 'what a lovely lad he is', but I'm afraid we have to turn into devils on the pitch.feedback

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