Gordon Strachan factfile

Former Celtic boss named Scotland manager

Gordon Strachan was today appointed as manager of the Scotland national side. Here, we take a closer look at the former Manchester United midfielder...

1957: Born February 9, Edinburgh.

1974: Signs for Dundee. Plays 60 league matches, scoring 13 goals.

1977: Joins Aberdeen for £50,000. Plays 187 matches, scoring 55 times.

1980: Wins Scottish league championship medal and first of 50 Scotland caps against Northern Ireland. Named Scottish Footballer of the Year.

1982: Collects Scottish Cup winners' medal.

1983: Achieves second Scottish Cup success, followed by European Cup Winners' Cup medal.

1984: Wins Scottish league and cup double. Manchester United sign him for £500,000 in August. Stays at Old Trafford for five years, playing 160 league matches and scoring 33 goals.

1985: Only trophy success with United, taking FA Cup.

1989: Joins Second Division Leeds in March for £300,000.

1990: Captains club to Second Division title.

1991: Named Football Writers' Association Player of the Year.

1992: Leads Howard Wilkinson's side to a first league championship in 18 years. Wins final international cap against Finland.

1993: Awarded OBE.

1994: Plays last match for Leeds, a 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool on December 31.

1995: Announces his retirement from Premier League football in January, but continues to play regularly for Leeds' reserve team. Two months later joins Ron Atkinson at Coventry as assistant.

1996: Takes over as Coventry manager as Atkinson stepped down.

1997: Coventry survive relegation on the final day of the Premier League season with victory at Tottenham.

2001: May - Coventry lose at Aston Villa and relinquish their Premier League status after 34 consecutive years in the top flight.

September 8 - City lose 1-0 at home to Grimsby, sparking chants of "Strachan out". A handful of fans have to be restrained by police as they attempt to confront the manager.

September 10 - Strachan leaves Coventry by mutual consent.

October 22 - Appointed Southampton boss.

2003: May 17 - Southampton lose 1-0 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final but qualify for Europe for the first time in 19 years.

October 15 - A 1-0 defeat in Romania against Steaua Bucharest, following a 1-1 home draw, sees Saints crash out of Europe at the first hurdle.

2004: January 9 - Confirms he will not to extend his contract with Southampton beyond the end of the season for personal reasons.

February 13 - Steps down as Southampton manager.

September 9 - Rules himself out of contention to manage Scotland.

December 19 - Turns down the opportunity to become boss of Portsmouth.

2005: May 25 - Named Celtic manager on a 12-month rolling contract.

July 27 - Celtic thumped 5-0 by Artmedia Bratislava in Strachan's first match in charge to crash out of the Champions League at the qualifying stage.

December 15: Signs Roy Keane after release by Manchester United.

2006: March 19 - Lifts first trophy as Celtic manager with victory over Dunfermline in the Scottish League Cup final.

April 5 - Celtic clinch Scottish Premier League title with victory over Hearts.

November 11 - Leads Celtic into Champions League knockout stages for the first time after 1-0 victory over Manchester United.

2007: March 7 - Celtic knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage by AC Milan.

April 22 - Celtic clinch SPL title with a 2-1 win at Kilmarnock. Strachan is named Manager of the Year.

May 2 - Named Manager of the Year by the Scottish Football Writers' Association.

May 26 - Celtic win Scottish Cup, beating Dunfermline 1-0.

October 3 - Celtic snatch a last-gasp 2-1 win over European champions AC Milan at Parkhead.

November 28 - Celtic reach knockout stage of Champions League despite losing final group game in Milan.

2008: February 20 - Celtic go out of Champions League to Barcelona.

May 22 - Strachan becomes only the third Celtic manager to win a hat-trick of Scottish championships.

November 25 - Celtic suffer shock 2-1 defeat at Aalborg to crash out of the Champions League and Europe altogether.

December 13 - Strachan has dressing-room bust-up with midfielder Aiden McGeady after 1-1 SPL draw with Hearts. McGeady is fined two weeks' wages and suspended for two matches.

2009: March 7 - Celtic suffer surprise 1-0 Scottish Cup quarter-final defeat at St Mirren.

March 15 - Celtic beat Rangers 2-0 at Hampden in the first Old Firm cup final for six years to lift the Scottish League Cup.

May 3 - Strachan named SPFA Manager of the Year.

May 24 - Celtic are held 0-0 by Hearts as Rangers win the SPL title by four points on the final day of the season. Celtic had been eight points clear earlier in the year. He resigned a day later.

October 26 - Signed a four-year deal to manage Middlesbrough.

2010: October 18 - Voluntarily tears up his contract and resigns after a run of poor form.

2013: January 15 - Appointed manager of the Scotland national team.

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