Strachan: No plans to replace McCall on coaching staff

Strachan brought McCall onto his coaching staff shortly after being named Scotland manager in January 2013
Strachan brought McCall onto his coaching staff shortly after being named Scotland manager in January 2013

Gordon Strachan will wait until after matches against Northern Ireland and Gibraltar before deciding Stuart McCall's future with Scotland.

McCall has taken a sabbatical from his Scotland coaching duties after taking over as Rangers manager until the end of the season last week.

The Scotland manager has no plans to replace McCall in the near future.

"We'll get through these games and then we'll re-assess it before the game in June," said Strachan.

That match, on 13 June away to Republic of Ireland, could be crucial for Scotland's Euro 2016 qualifying hopes.

Before then, the Scots host Northern Ireland in a 25 March friendly followed by a visit from Group D minnows Gibralter.

Strachan is relaxed about himself and assistant Mark McGhee being a man down for those fixtures.

"We will miss his company, we will miss his input, we will miss his work, but we feel at this moment in time Mark and myself and the rest of the coaching staff can come together and pick up where Stuart's left off," he said.

"It might cut down on some Scrabble time for Mr McGhee and myself. We might have to put in some extra work.

"This is like a football side - when you go down to 10 men, the rest of the team get together, so we will do that."

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