The Scots, who haven't qualified for a major tournament since 1998, have already been eliminated from the qualifiers for next year's World Cup in Brazil.
Strachan has plans to develop talent at international level, and he admits there are likely to be setbacks along the way.
"I took this job because I want to do something to put something back. It's not a platform to do something else," Strachan said.
"I've been lucky and it's time to put something back, I'm trying to give heroes back to the Scottish people as there were when I was growing up. We don't have too many now.
"I want to bring through two or three young men who can be heroes in the future. We are getting better and even if it puts in a platform for someone to take over in years to come that would be great."
Strachan is also looking forward to taking his team to Wembley for a friendly match against oldest rivals England in August, as part of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations.
"I just wish it was every year, for charity or whatever, as I've no doubt every player, English of Scottish would want it," Strachan added.