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McLeish lands Scotland role after SFA miss out on O'Neill

By Andy Newport

Alex McLeish has been appointed as the new Scotland manager on a two-year deal in the wake of Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill turning down the job.

McLeish will be unveiled as the new manager this morning.

Hampden chiefs have spent the best part of four months searching for Gordon Strachan's replacement but have now returned to the 59-year-old.

McLeish - who had a successful 10-game stint in charge of Scotland back in 2007 - travelled to Glasgow on Wednesday to meet the SFA board and impressed enough to get its unanimous backing.

Final details of the two-year contract were thrashed out yesterday and McLeish - former Hibernian, Rangers, Birmingham and Aston Villa boss - will now set about preparing the squad for next month's friendlies with Costa Rica and Hungary.

His first competitive action, though, will not take place until September's inaugural Nations League clash with Albania.

O'Neill was quickly identified as the man the SFA wanted but it was forced to return to the drawing board when the Ballymena man decided to stay put.

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