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Summary

  1. Gordon Strachan to remain as Scotland boss
  2. 'Our fans deserve success' - Strachan
  3. SFA board convinced Strachan retains 'hunger for challenge'
  4. Fifa opens disciplinary proceedings over poppy display
  5. Joey Barton receives one-match ban for breaching betting rules

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan and Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye for now

    Another busy day of Scottish football news. We'll be back tomorrow to preview the weekend's domestic fixtures.

    Please join us then.

  2. Vote result on Gordon Strachan

    Our online vote has ended: The question was: "Do you agree with the Scottish FA's decision to keep Gordon Strachan as manager?"

    30% said yes, they made the right decision 

    70% said no, they made the wrong decision 

    Thanks to everyone who voted.

    Scotland boss Gordon Strachan
  3. Strachan's best bits...so far

    A selection of Gordon Strachan's engagements with the media in his time as Scotland coach.

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    Video caption: Gordon Strachan is staying on as Scotland manager. Here is a selection of his best bits
  4. What next for Scotland?

    Gordon Strachan insists that he can still steer Scotland to a World Cup qualifying play-off spot. To do that, his side needs to finish second in Group F, with a better points tally (with games against the bottom side discounted) than the runners-up in at least one other group, since only eight of the nine second-placed teams will contest the play-offs. 

    Group E is currently bottom in the runners-up ranking, but even reaching second place requires a drastic turnaround in Scotland’s fortunes. The side has won only one of its opening four games, against Malta, and drawn their home tie with Lithuania. Trips to Slovakia and England delivered two 3-0 defeats.

    The simplest route to second place lies in making the assumption that England win all of their remaining qualifying games, which would repeat their 100% record in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.  

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    If Scotland won all of their other five remaining games, they would finish on 19 points.

    If Slovenia lose to England, and lose both remaining games to Scotland, their best points tally would be 17. Assuming the same for Slovakia, their best points tally would be 18.

    There are other permutations. Slovenia play Slovakia away next September, and if that game is drawn then Scotland could finish second with 17 points, which would require four wins and one draw. In those circumstances, Scotland could potentially make the play-offs by defeating Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia at Hampden, defeating Lithuania away and draw away to Slovenia.

    Whatever happens, Scotland need to address their own decline first.

    Scotland players
  5. Players 'still committed' to Strachan

    Richard Wilson

    BBC Scotland

    It is a reflection of the dismay Scotland have provoked during this World Cup qualifying campaign that the last two fixtures - both 3-0 defeats - prompted scrutiny of Gordon Strachan's position, including from the manager himself. 

    When his side lost so meekly in Slovakia last month, the sense was that Strachan would recognise that the relationship between him and his players had run its course. Scotland performed with more gusto against England last weekend, and it is clear that the players who are selected in the squads are still committed to the manager, but by his own admission they are all delivering 100% in every training session and game - yet the results have still been poor. 

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    How, then, could Strachan turn the team's fortunes around? It was that realisation that led to the view that he would surely stand down or be dismissed, an outcome that sections of the support would have welcomed. 

    Sacking him would have cost the SFA in compensation, when the qualifying campaign is already approaching a lost cause, but the SFA board did not take that decision. 

    Instead, Strachan has to turn around the team's form, when they next play in March, but also public opinion. By sticking with Strachan, and by deciding to stay, the manager is now under more pressure than ever.   

  6. Gordon Strachan's best bits, so far...

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    Video caption: Gordon Strachan is staying on as Scotland manager. Here is a selection of his best bits
  7. Get Involved

    BBC Sport Scotland Facebook comments

    Aaron Turkington: Pack your bags Gordon do the right thing.

    Gordon Christie: It's because nobody wants the job.

    Neile Mackie: Good news. He's the best man for the job.

  8. Gordon Strachan recap

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Gordon Strachan is to remain as Scotland head coach after the Scottish FA board gave the 59-year-old its "unanimous" backing.

    Chief executive Stewart Regan issued a statement after its review of a poor start to their World Cup campaign.

    "The board are convinced that he still has the hunger for this challenge and we have four home qualifiers in 2017 to rejuvenate our campaign," he said.

    "We support Gordon unanimously in improving our qualification prospects."

    There had been speculation about Strachan's position after Friday's 3-0 defeat by England.

    It left the Scots in fifth place, with only four points from their opening four games in Group F.

    The SFA explained that Strachan had provided his feedback on the campaign and his views on the team's prospects in 2017.

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
    Image caption: The 59-year-old received unanimous backing from the SFA board
  9. 'Our fans deserve success' - Gordon Strachan

    "We were all extremely disappointed with the result on Friday night [the defeat by England] but having reflected on our performance, I still believe we can get ourselves back into contention in the group.

    "There are still 18 points to play for and the players, the staff and I, as in previous games, will give everything we have to turn things around.

    "I have said consistently that our fans deserve success and a return to a major tournament finals.

    "Although we have had a difficult start to the campaign, I firmly believe that this group of players, together with our supporters, can maximise our chances of a play-off place, starting with the home match against Slovenia in March."

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
    Image caption: "Our fans deserve success and a return to a major tournament finals..."