McLeish returns to Scotland post

16 February 2018 03:10:01 EST

Alex McLeish is to succeed Gordon Strachan as Scotland boss on a contract up to and including Euro 2020.

The 59-year-old has already had a brief spell in charge of the national team back in 2007 when he replaced Walter Smith and narrowly missed out on qualifying for Euro 2008.

However, McLeish decided to quit the role in order to take over at then Premier League side Birmingham City.

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.

Alex McLeish

He has since had spells in charge of Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Genk in Belgium and Egyptian side Zamalek, where he was sacked in May 2016.

McLeish, who made 77 appearances for Scotland as a player, will now look to take the Tartan Army to their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup at Euro 2020.

"I am relishing the challenge of leading us to a major tournament and I cannot wait to get started," he said.

"It is a tremendous honour to be named Scotland 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.

"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."

His first game in charge will be a friendly game against Costa Rica at Hampden Park on 23rd March, before a game in Hungary four days later.

Meanwhile, France are 4/1 to win Euro 2020, Germany are available at 4/1 and reigning champions Portugal are priced at 10/1.

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