Alex McLeish desperate to return Scotland to former glory
Andy Robertson is a credit to Scotland, McLeish adds.
Last Updated: 25/03/18 9:16am
Alex McLeish says leading Scotland to a major tournament would be the pinnacle of his career.
McLeish made 77 international appearances as a player - making him the third most capped footballer in Scotland's history - and has also played at three World Cups.
As a manager, McLeish landed a historic treble with Rangers and also won the League Cup with Birmingham City. But the 59-year-old is desperate to return Scotland to playing tournament football, something which they have failed to do since they played at World Cup in France 20 years ago.
"It would be the pinnacle of my career at this time of my career," McLeish said.
"We took it for granted in the Seventies, the Eighties and the Nineties when we qualified for World Cups and European Championships - and that was the expectation level.
"This time there is a perspective that 'ah it's the same old Scotland and we are going to fail at the final hurdle', but on the pitch we have to try and eradicate those thoughts."
Scotland lost 1-0 to Costa Rica on Friday in the first match of McLeish's second spell in charge of the national team.
Andy Robertson was once again one of Scotland's standout players and McLeish says the Liverpool left-back is the perfect role model.
"He's just a great athlete and a credit to the Scottish players," McLeish added. "Not just every Scottish kid who wants to be a player but also his team-mates.
"He's a great example, he's super fit and if they want to go to the top then they need to follow the example of Andy Robertson."
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