SFA announcement today

Strachan poised to extend contract as Scotland coach

Gordon StrachanGordon Strachan is expected to stay on as Scotland manager by extending his contract to include the campaign to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

One of his assistants, Stuart McCall, said in an interview that some “positive news” was due from the national coach who is said to have taken note of broad reaction to elimination from the Euro 2016 tournament before announcing his decision.

The 58-year-old’s contract expired after the 6-0 victory over Gibraltar which brought the curtain down on a campaign which began positively.

Defeat in Georgia gave Scotland a mountain to climb and defeat to Germany and a draw with Poland left the team fourth in Group D, thereby missing out on the play-offs.

The Scottish Football Association is expected to make a formal announcement today.

It will be 20 years in 2018 since Scotland last qualified for one of the major international tournaments.

The qualifying group includes England which is sure to be a persuasive factor in Strachan’s decision.

Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia complete Group F.

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