Former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has been linked with a shock move back to Scotland with Dundee.
According to the Scottish Sun, Strachan is keen on taking up a role at the Dens Park club as a Managing Director. This comes after a six-year association with the Dee during his playing days.
Strachan came through the youth system at Dens Park. After a three-year stint, he was pushed up to the senior side between 1974 and 1977.
The ex-Hoops man is now out of work after a four-year spell as Scotland boss where he failed to qualify for two consecutive international tournaments.
The Sun states that Strachan isn’t interested in the Dundee managerial position. Instead, he would be taking a role upstairs. Strachan is apparently big on academy football. Therefore any plan at Dens Park would likely be a long-term one.
Strachan has also apparently been approached by several clubs about similar roles.
Strach has more to offer the game
It’s easy to forget just how successful a Celtic manager Strachan was. The football may not have been pretty, but he was the first man since Jock Stein to lead Celtic to three-in-a-row. Granted, Neil Lennon has since joined that list. Brendan Rodgers could’ve too if he was any sort of Celtic fan.
He has plenty to offer the game. He’s apparently been scouring Europe and building a blueprint on how to improve academy football. At face value, this looks like a shrewd appointment from Dundee if they pull it off.
It also remains to be seen if Strachan’s days as a manager are dead. Given what he’s been up to over the past few months, it doesn’t look likely that the former Southampton and Coventry boss cares much for a return as head coach.
This could also be a good move for Strachan on a personal note too. It gives him a chance to return home and work at a good club who are looking to rebuild. It’s a different kind of project than the former Celtic boss is used to, but it would be interesting to see how he gets on.
Overall, Strachan won three Scottish Premier League titles, two League Cups, and one Scottish Cup at Parkhead. He won five separate manager of the year awards up north too, and guided Celtic to two consecutive Champions League last-16 qualifications. Not too shabby to say the least.