While Gordon Strachan is known for his quick wit and dry sense of humour, the diminutive Scot also comes across as a bloke who doesn’t tolerate fools easily.
So, when a Maltese journalist began to repeatedly yell the name “Rodney!” several times while Strachan waited to be interviewed, it was never going to end well.
The outcome, however, was very amusing - and you can watch the footage by scrolling down this page to the embedded video.
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Strachan, who was in buoyant mood after his team’s emphatic 5-1 away win over Malta in their opening 2018 World Cup qualifier on Sunday, snapped after the journalist began shouting the name of his colleague inside the TV studio.
The 59-year-old, already agitated after being made to wait for his post-match interview, then produced a quite brilliant one-liner which will surely be remembered by Scots for years to come.
Video: Strachan snaps during post-match interview
Strachan, fed up after hearing the name “Rodney!” shouted in his ear three times, responded: “Tell Rodney to get a f****** move on, or I’m off!”
The journalist then attempts to stop him from walking off, before Strachan says: “Who’s Rodney?!”
Looking rather anxious by this point, the camera cuts away from the Maltese journalist and Strachan back to the TV studio.
Unfortunately, a video of the subsequent interview is yet to emerge - but, if and when it does, we’ll add it here for your viewing pleasure.
Scotland thrashed Malta
Scotland ran out 5-1 winners thanks to goals from Chris Martin, Steven Fletcher and a hat-trick from Robert Snodgrass.
Malta’s evening was made all the more difficult after Jonathan Caruana was shown a red card in the 60th minute. The hosts were then reduced to nine men when Luke Gambin was sent off in stoppage time.
Strachan pleased with how his team responded
There was some early worry for the Scots when Malta equalised on the 13th minute to make it 1-1, but Strachan has praised the way his team responded after conceding that goal.
"Everybody had concern,” Strachan admitted, per The Sun. “We were lucky we had a bunch of lads who could deal with the stress that manifested itself because of that goal. A lot of teams have not got that.
“It just shows that in a crisis they can deal with it, these players, and that was a crisis at 1-1.
“The fans went from everybody enjoying themselves to ‘Uh oh’.
“Scotland fans thinking ‘I’ve seen this before. This could be history, the night we get one of our big results’.
“Thankfully, the players who played laid that to rest. They had to deal with that.”
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