SFA Performance Director Malky Mackay has called in the assistance of Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.
The newly-appointed Head of Project Brave has asked the Irishman for his thoughts on how to halt the decline of Scottish football.

Rodgers worked with Mackay during his time in charge at Watford and has told him he is prepared to assist him in his role.

The former Scotland and Hoops centre-half believes every Premiership manager has a significant part to play in resurrecting the national game’s ailing fortunes.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has already volunteered to speak to national age-group squads and take their training sessions.

Mackay also revealed that he held talks with Sir Alex Ferguson last week and was set to meet former Scotland chiefs Craig Brown, Andy Roxburgh and Walter Smith.

Asked if Rodgers could play a part as he outlined the recommendations contained in Project Brave, Mackay said: “That is something that is absolutely ongoing.

“Project Brave is the performance strategy for Scottish football, not the Scottish Football Association, it is for Scottish football, it is for the betterment of Scottish football.

“I am asking for everyone’s help and for everyone to be involved in this.

“I will be asking the Premier League managers for their help and, without a doubt,. Brendan is somebody I know pretty well from my time at Watford and down in England and I have met with him.

“Derek McInnes is another one who has already offered help in terms of the international teams, going and talking to the international teams, taking an international team training session.

“These are guys who are absolutely at the sharp end, guys who have been there, seen it and done it already. I am going to talk to them and have already spoken to many of them.

“We need as many helpers as possible involved in this to try and make things better.

“You need your top managers and top people in the country buying into this.

“I have also been to see Neil Lennon at Hibs, while Craig Levein at Hearts works along the corridor from me.

“Everybody is saying the same thing – they are all desperate for our young Scottish players to be better.

“Sir Alex gave me a lot of advice and the main thing was about the work ethic of the young players coming through. He spoke to me about what we have to get back to.”

Project Brave recommends a reduction in the number of elite academies and the number of young players involved in them as well as increased use of the loan system and the return of the reserve league.


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