Alex McLeish set to take Scotland reins for a second time

Alex McLeish set to take Scotland reins for a second time

The Scottish FA failed in its attempt to recruit Michael O'Neill, who instead chose to stay with Northern Ireland.

Both parties spent yesterday thrashing out a two-and-a-half year deal, with McLeish charged with leading the Tartan Army to Euro 2020 on home soil in Glasgow.

Another former Scotland boss Walter Smith was reported to have been the SFA's favourite for the job.

McLeish will replace Gordon Stracham who left the position in October due to Scotland's poor performance in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

McLeish's first games in charge will be against Costa Rica and Hungary next month, followed by further friendly matches in Peru in May and Mexico in June.

Eck's first competitive games will be against Albania and Israel in the new Nations League in the autumn.

During his playing career McLeish racked up 77 caps for his country.

However, Malky Mackay made a number of changes to the backroom staff when he took temporary charge of the team against the Netherlands in November, and McLeish may see fit to keep them on to ensure a smoother transition.

The former Motherwell, Hibs and Rangers manager was in charge of Scotland for a short spell before departing for Birmingham City but had an impressive record in worldwide football.

"I was getting phone calls during the campaign from lower half Premier League teams and I said absolutely not", he said.

"I've got some plans for other things".

Since leaving St Andrews, McLeish has gone on to manage both Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest however the Scot struggled to impress with both clubs, lasting just 11 months with Villa and six weeks with Forest.

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