Gordon Starchan is the man the Scottish Football Association have put their faith in to take Scotland to their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup finals.

There is no doubting that Strachan's appointment is a very popular one with the Tartan Army, but how effectively can he manage a country with very little talent coming through?

Scotland, currently bottom of their 2014 World Cup qualifying group with two points, will be looking to finish the campaign with some pride restored, as qualification is all but over. 

Their next game is against Wales at Hampden Park on Friday and they will be looking to stop Gareth Bale and co. doing the double over them, after Wales' 2-1 win in the reverse fixture back in October.

Strachan has had a long career, both as a player and manager, and will be looking to call on his vast experiences with teams like Celtic to rally his troops and start his term as Scotland manager on a high.

When Strachan took over in January 2013, he told BBC Sport: "I really want the squad and staff to give something back to the country and the fans who support us because the fans are probably more famous than the squad now.

"So what we want to try and do is to give back something and make them turn up for a major finals competition."

 It is clear that Strachan and the SFA are pushing for Scotland to qualify for a major tournament, whether it is Euro 2016 or the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, but establishing some pride during this current qualification campaign would be a good start.

 

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