Gordon Strachan has left his role as manager of the Scottish national team, following the country’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Strachan, along with assistant manager Mark McGhee, have moved on following a meeting with the Scottish FA on Thursday, after coming close — but not close enough — to securing a World Cup playoff spot for Scotland.

The ex-Celtic manager took over from Craig Levein in January 2013 and oversaw part of Scotland’s 2014 World Cup qualification campaign, as well as their Euro 2016 qualification efforts before their recently unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

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Scotland needed to beat both Slovakia and Slovenia in their final two games in order to clinch a play-off spot for a World Cup place. After overcoming Slovakia on home soil, the Tartan Army travelled to Slovenia and took the lead, but ended up drawing 2-2, which put an end to their qualification hopes.

A statement by the Scottish FA reads:

Notwithstanding our unbeaten run in the group throughout 2017, with the emergence of a younger generation of players it was agreed that a new national coach should be recruited to provide fresh impetus.

Chief Executive of the Scottish FA, Stewart Regan, said:

On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Gordon for his excellent service to the national team. I know how disappointed he was that we couldn’t secure a play-off place but to come so close was a tribute to the belief he instilled in his squad

Strachan has had a long career as both a player and a manager, playing for the likes of Aberdeen and Manchester United before managing four clubs as well as his national team. He made 635 career appearances as a player.

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