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Saturday 10 December 2016

McCoist: Bring in Ferguson

Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson

Ally McCoist claims Scottish football needs to use the experience of former Scotland managers like Alex Ferguson and Walter Smith to help produce players who can lead them out of the international wilderness.

The former Scotland striker and assistant manager believes a myriad of obstacles are preventing young players reaching their potential and bemoaned the restrictions placed on his own sons in their fledgling football careers.

Scotland's 3-0 defeat by England, which left them fifth in their World Cup qualifying group, has sparked a debate that goes beyond the future of manager Gordon Strachan.

But he does argue that more fundamental change is needed despite the Scottish Football Association's recent attempts to implement a performance strategy to improve the prospects of young players.

"I don't think anyone can hide from the fact that we are not producing anything like the level of the youngster that we once did," said the former Rangers manager.

"We have to sit round a table and get those in the know, and by that I mean people like Alex Ferguson and Walter Smith, and come up with a plan."

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