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Strachan named as Scotland boss

GORDON STRACHAN will be named as the new Scotland international manager within the next 48 hours.

The former Celtic boss has been out of management since resigning from Middlesbrough in October 2010 but has been the favourite to replace Craig Levein since he was put on gardening leave following the defeats against Wales and Belgium.

QPR assistant Joe Jordan and U-21 boss Billy Stark were interviewed for the job before the SFA opted for Strachan, who will be charged with reviving Scotland's faltering World Cup campaign, although reaching the finals in Brazil has been written off with just two points collected from four matches in a group that includes Belgium and Croatia.

Scotland haven't reached a major finals since France '98, but with 24 nations qualifying for the finals of the 2016 European Championships the SFA believe that they can break that depressing chain of failure.

Strachan's most successful spell in management was at Celtic where he inherited the near impossible job of replacing Martin O'Neill.

Under Strachan, Celtic won three consecutive titles for the first time since the Jock Stein era and twice reached the last 16 of the Champions League, despite having a fraction of the spending budget of O'Neill.

Scotland's next match is on February 6 against Estonia with Strachan expected to name Gary McAllister as his assistant.