Scots pay tribute to Gary Speed

Gary Speed and Craig Levein (right) at May's Carling Nations Cup match in Dublin
Speed and Levein (right) at May's Carling Nations Cup match in Dublin

Scotland manager Craig Levein has paid tribute to Welsh counterpart Gary Speed who has been found dead at his home.

"Football has lost a real talent and a gentleman," said Levein, who was with Speed on Wednesday for a 2014 World Cup qualifying fixtures meeting.

"Gary was a young manager with the world at his feet.

"He was doing some fantastic work with the Welsh national team and I was looking forward to pitting my wits against him."

Scotland will visit Wales on 12 October next year in the race to reach Brazil, with Hampden hosting the Welsh on 22 March 2013.

Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan added: "I am shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of Gary Speed.

"Craig Levein and I were with him last week at the World Cup fixtures meeting in Brussels and he was in good spirits.

"Our thoughts go out to Gary's family, and our friends at the Football Association of Wales at this desperately sad time."

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