MALKY MACKAY was named the new Scotland FA Performance Director this afternoon – after Scotzine stated last month he was being backed by Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.
And Rangers manager Mark Warburton has also been very vocal in supporting Mackay for this job.
The former Cardiff manager was interviewed earlier this year for the Celtic job after Ronny Deila announced he was leaving. That job was only ever destined to go to Rodgers or alternatively Davie Moyes but Mackay was believed to have impressed the Celtic board.
Peter Lawwell, Celtic’s Chief Executive, has influence at the SFA and may well have put a word in Mackay who is desperate to get his career in football back on track.
The former Hoops central defender takes over the role vacated by Brian McClair earlier in the year.
Mackay, who was Rodgers’ No.2 at Watford, said: “I am immensely proud and privileged to become Performance Director and I am acutely aware of the importance of this role in achieving future success for our talented young players.
“As someone who was fortunate enough to develop as a young player at Queen’s Park and realise my dream of playing for my country at the national stadium, this feels like coming home.
“I can’t wait to work in partnership with our clubs and my colleagues at the Scottish FA to help improve future generations of Scotland players.”
Mackay, who won five international caps, also played for Norwich City, West Ham and Watford, achieving consecutive promotions to the Premier League with all three clubs.
He became manager of Watford in June 2009 and won promotion to the top flight as boss of Cardiff City four years later.
The 44-year-old had been out of work since leaving Wigan in April 2015.
SFA Chief Executive Stewart Regan said: “From the start of the recruitment process, Malky was an outstanding candidate and by the end of that thorough process he was the outstanding candidate.
“His experiences as a player and a manager are complemented by his strategic outlook and commitment to implement many of the exciting proposals the Performance Working Group have discussed in recent months.”