|Strachan favored for failing Scotland
Scotland, who have not made it into a major finals for 15 years, will name out of work Gordon Strachan, 55, as their new manager, according to media reports in London
Former Celtic manager has been the overwhelming favorite to replace Craig Levein, who was dumped in November after a poor start to a World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign that left Scotland's hopes of playing at Brazil in tatters, AFP reports. In the European Championship 2014 campaign they are at the bottom of group A.
Strachan, who as a midfielder with Aberdeen, Manchester United and latterly Leeds, won 50 caps for Scotland and had four successful years as Celtic boss from 2005 to 2009. But he has been out of management since leaving English club Middlesbrough in October 2010.
If confirmed as national manager, Strachan's first game in charge will be a friendly against Estonia at Pittodrie on February 6, before two World Cup qualifiers in March.
Scotland host Wales at Hampden on March 22 and are away to Serbia four days later.
Strachan has always made clear his aim to manage Scotland, telling broadcaster ITV in November “it would be an honor.’’
Under-21 coach Billy Stark was in charge for Scotland's last match, a 2-1 friendly win in Luxembourg in November.