Strachan's Scotland

Ahead of Gordon's debut as Scotland boss we look at the first games of the nine that have gone before him.

Last Updated: 06/02/13 at 12:03

Gordon Strachan: Makes his bow in the Scotland dugout against Estonia on Wednesd

Gordon Strachan: Makes his bow in the Scotland dugout against Estonia on Wednesd

Craig Levein (2009-12) Scotland 1-0 Czech Republic

A Scott Brown strike ensured Craig Levein enjoyed Scotland's first victory in a Hampden friendly for 14 years. The Czechs were dominant throughout but a fine defensive display and an inspired Craig Gordon ensured the Scots were victorious. Jaroslav Plasil sent a shot inches wide in the first half whilst Vaclas Sverkos was twice denied by Gordon. But it was the home side who grabbed the only goal of the game as Barry Robson teed up Brown who made no mistake in dispatching the opportunity. Levein admitted the Scots were not totally convincing but emphasised that the victory was the most important thing as he saw his Scotland career take off in the ideal fashion.

George Burley (2008-09) Scotland 1-1 Croatia

Burley faced a tough challenge against Slaven Bilic's talented side in his first game at the helm. Though it was a friendly, the Scotland manager knew it was key to get off on the right foot but Niko Kranjcar had other plans as he opened the scoring early on after a Gordon mistake in the wet conditions. However, on the half-hour mark striker Kenny Miller fired home an angled effort to the pleasure of Burley. Scotland had many chances to win it and almost snatched victory late on through Kris Boyd who saw his effort smartly saved by Croat keeper Stipe Pletikosa.

Alex McLeish (2007) Scotland 2-1 Georgia

With a trip to Italy looming, Alex McLeish knew only three points would suffice to maintain European Championship qualification hopes. Boyd gave the Scots a dream start - heading home from a delightful Gary Teale cross. However, the impressive Georgians regularly threatened Gordon's goal and Shota Arveladze provided the equaliser with a header in the 39th minute to silence the home crowd. With the game looking set to end all square, substitute Craig Beattie drilled home to send Hampden Park into raptures and give McLeish the perfect start.

Walter Smith (2005-07) Italy 2-0 Scotland

After a brief spell as assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, Smith was appointed as Scotland manager and faced the Italians in a World Cup Qualifier for his first test. Two Andrea Pirlo free-kicks in either half ensured Smith would not be victorious. Nevertheless, the Scots put in a brave performance and came close to scoring through Nigel Quashie and Miller as the rain poured down in Milan.

Berti Vogts (2002-04) France 5-0 Scotland

Expectations for the German were minimal as he took charge in Paris. However, what followed was disastrous. Remarkably Vogts' men could have taken the lead early on after Fabien Barthez missed a back pass before seeing the ball trickle wide. Zinedine Zidane opened the scoring with a 20-yard drive after poor defending from the visitors. It was not long before David Trezeguet doubled the hosts' advantage, heading home after Neil Sullivan lost his footing in the Scotland goal. Thierry Henry interchanged with Sylvain Wiltord before curling home to make it three and Trezeguet grabbed his second of the game to further embarrass the Scots. The experienced French seemed to be toying with Scotland and substitute Steve Marlet scored late on to round off a five-star performance for the 80,000 crowd at the Stade de France.

Craig Brown (1993-2001) Malta 0-2 Scotland

Unusually Brown was only appointed as manager just hours before kick-off, with the team set to face Malta away in a World Cup qualifier. The match was fairly routine for the Scots who controlled the home side for large periods. Billy McKinlay opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a glorious 30-yard strike before coming off injured at half-time. In the second half defender Colin Hendry rose to meet a delightful Gary McAllister free-kick to secure the win.

Andy Roxburgh (1986-93) - Scotland 0-0Bulgaria

Roxburgh was appointed Scotland boss after enjoying success with the youth teams. His first game in charge was a key European Championship qualifier against Bulgaria. Early on, the superb Charlie Nicholas played in Davie Cooper who was denied by Bulgaria keeper Borislav Mikhailov. Nasko Sirakov came close for the visitors after a sloppy Gordon Strachan pass, though could not find the net. Scotland had the chance of the game in the second half as Cooper brilliantly weaved his way through the Bulgarians before finding Paul McStay, only for the youngster to spurn wide to ensure the points were shared.

Sir Alex Ferguson (1985-86) - Scotland 0-0 East Germany

With Scotland still shaking from the death of Jock Stein, it was time for Alex Ferguson to step up. Stein had suffered a sudden heart attack after Wales had equalised against his side. Ferguson made five changes to the squad in a game which saw few clear cut opportunities.

Jock Stein (1978-85) - Scotland 3-2 Norway

Stein's first game in charge came after World Cup disappointment in Argentina. The new boss had emphasised his intentions in the new era to replace the naivety in the squad with possession football. The squad was made up of only players based in England and with just eight minutes remaining Scotland were left staring defeat in the face. However, Kenny Dalglish grabbed his second of the game before Archie Gemmill hit the winner from the spot to the delight of the Hampden Park crowd.

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