GORDON STRACHAN should NEVER have been sacked as Scotland manager.

That is the view of Celtic boss Neil Lennon as he looks at the carnage of another failed qualifying campaign following three consecutive defeats from Belgium (two) and Russia – with two of the games at Hampden.

The Scots can still make the Euro 2020 Finals next summer if they can win their play-offs in March, but, with four matches still to play, they will not get through their group.

The rot kicked in during the first outing when Alex McLeish’s side toppled to a disastrous 3-0 thrashing from the minnow of Kazakhstan, a defeat that left the nation an uphill struggle after only 90 minutes, as Scotzine pointed out in our comment article.

Two years after Strachan’s hastened exit, Lennon still can’t understand the thinking behind his sacking.

MAKING A POINT…Gordon Strachan yells instructions to his Scotland players against England in June 2017.

OH, NO…the Scotland boss can’t disguise his frustrations.

TEN-SHUN…Strachan holds up his hands as he roars on his players during the 2-2 draw.

The Hoops gaffer, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “I have to look at the decision-making at times. I thought Gordon had a good thing going.

“Okay, he didn’t qualify for the last tournament, but they were very close to making the play-offs and they were unbeaten in their last six or seven competitive games, so they were definitely going the right way.

“There was a structure, there was a platform there, but with the change of manager it’s almost like a restart again and then there’s another restart again.

“You could see, well I could, the progress under Gordon.

“Maybe he failed to reach targets of making a tournament, and I get that, but you could see progression and players playing well for Scotland.

“Even his last result was a draw away to Slovakia, which is alright. It is pretty decent.

“They were minutes away from beating England, so there was quality there.

LEIGH GLEE…Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths races towards the celebrating Tartan Army after his second free-kick goal. Kieran Tierney

is in pursuit to join in the celebrations.

“With new managers coming in and players getting disenchanted with it, Steve Clarke has now got to go and pick up the baton again.

“Managers can take time to fix the problems, of course they do, but you know what it’s like in international management.

“They don’t get to see the players for two or three months at a time and then in that concise two-week window you have to get everything right and that’s a very difficult thing to do.

“That goes for any manager, no matter who you are.”

* FEEDBACK FRIDAY looked at the Scotland’s manager situation in our new feature.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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