Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Levein wants to restore Scots pride and passion

New Scotland boss Craig Levein has vowed to try to end the malaise he feels has engulfed the Scottish game.

After protracted negotiations to conclude his departure from Dundee United, Levein signed a four-and-a-half year deal — and not the two-and-a-half year contract the SFA had earlier indicated — to become national team manager.

Scotland have not qualified for a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup and Levein becomes the next manager to have a go after succeeding George Burley, who departed last month.

Levein, who cost the SFA a reported £250,000 in compensation, was paraded at Hampden after lawyers tied up the loose ends and immediately talked about bringing some “pride and passion” back to the country.

“I think there is a malaise around the game just now,” he said. “I think we need to change some attitudes more than anything else.

“We need to be a bit more positive in what we are doing, have more pride and passion.

With the 2012 European Championships in mind, Levein opened the door to the return of Barry Ferguson, Allan McGregor and Kris Boyd.

“I will not be ruling out any players,” said Levein. “Whether those players want to come is a different matter.”

“Let's be honest, we are not a big nation, we need every top quality player.”

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