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Last Updated: Monday January 29 2007 12:46 GMT

McLeish named new Scotland coach

Alex McLeish

The Scotland football team have a new manager after former Rangers manager Alex McLeish took the job.

He replaces Walter Smith, who quit earlier this month. He now manages McLeish's old club, Rangers.

As a player, McLeish made 77 appearances for Scotland and went to three World Cups with the team.

The 48-year-old will now lead Scotland's qualifying campaign for the Euro 2008 tournament. They currently top their group after four matches.

Walter Smith
Walter Smith
Their next game is against Georgia on 24 March.

Their group also includes World Cup holders Italy as well as France, Ukraine, Lithuania and the Faroe Islands.


McLeish has also previously managed Hibernian and Motherwell. He spent his playing career at Aberdeen, finishing in 1993.

He stepped down as Rangers manager last year, after winning seven trophies in five seasons.

He was replaced by Paul Le Guen, whose job was taken by Smith after he quit as Scotland coach.

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