Following his playing career, he went on to manage Coventry City, Southampton, Celtic, Middlesbrough, and Scotland, but is remembered mostly for his successes at Celtic where with the late great Tommy Burns at his side he achieved three successive league titles, only the third ever Celtic manager to achieve that feat at the time.
With all those previous plaudits out of the way, let's talk about his time with the National team. Strachan won his first cap for Scotland in 1980 against Northern Ireland, and helped Scotland qualify for the 1982 World Cup scoring a crucial goal in a qualifier against Sweden. Scotland also qualified for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico (you see where we're going with this, don't you?). There's one game in particular that stands out, and a moment in that game that will live in the memories of many Scotland fans forever.
Scotland lost their opening match to Denmark, and we went on to lose our second match 2-1 to West Germany, but during that match at the Estadio Corregidora in Queretaro, an inch perfect pass put Gordon Strachan through, and although the angle was difficult, he rifled a shot past Harald Schumacher putting Scotland 1-0 up against one of the tournament favourites.
It's also what proceeded the goal which found its way onto our Mexicana moodboard as in celebration, at five foot six inches, Strachan opted not to jump the advertising hoardings around the pitch, and instead lifted his leg on to one of the boards, and smiled at the Tartan Army behind the goal who were going wild.
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