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Strachan can still lead us to World Cup finals, says Scots chief

By Ronnie Esplin

Scottish Football Association president Alan McRae remains confident Gordon Strachan can take Scotland to the 2018 World Cup.

Speculation surrounded the former Celtic manager's future after the recent 3-0 defeat by England at Wembley left the Scots second bottom of Group F with four points from 12.

However, an SFA review by the organisation's eight-strong board backed Strachan who will now prepare for the visit of Slovenia in March.

McRae was at Kilmarnock's Rugby Park to help with the draw for the William Hill Scottish Cup fourth round where Rangers were paired with fellow Ladbrokes Premiership rivals Motherwell with Celtic away to either Albion Rovers or Queen of the South.

Afterwards, he explained the SFA's decision to stand by their man.

"Gordon is a good experienced coach, a former international player," he said in defence of Strachan, who has been in charge of Scotland since 2013.

"He has all the credentials, he has won trophies. It was always going to be difficult but I still think it is possible because we have four games at home."

Scottish Cup fourth round draw: Ross County v Dundee United, St Johnstone v Forres Mechanics or Stenhousemuir, Albion Rovers or Queen of the South v Celtic, Livingston v East Fife or Edinburgh City, Rangers v Motherwell, Aberdeen v Stranraer or East Kilbride, Elgin City v Inverness CT, Raith Rovers v Hearts, Kilmarnock v Hamilton Academical, Bonnyrigg Rose or Dumbarton v Hibernian, Brechin City or Ayr Utd v Queen's Park or Montrose, Partick Thistle v Formartine Utd or Annan Athletic, Stirling Albion or Wick Academy v Clyde or Arbroath, Alloa Athletic v Dunfermline Athletic, Dundee v St Mirren or Spartans, Beith Juniors or Greenock Morton v Falkirk

Ties to be played January 21/22.

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