Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has tweeted her congratulations to new Scotland manager Alex McLeish – and it has caused Celtic fans to absolutely lose their minds on the social media platform.
McLeish was confirmed as Gordon Strachan’s successor on Friday morning – almost a decade after leaving the role to take over at Birmingham City.
The former Rangers boss has the best winning record of any Scotland boss in a long, long time after winning seven of his ten games in charge in 2008.
Sturgeon wished McLeish well on her personal Twitter account and encouraged everyone to get “right behind” him – leading to a vitriolic response from Celtic support.
I wish Alex McLeish all the very best. He’s taking on one of the toughest jobs in the country and will have no shortage of folk offering him advice (actually this sounds quite familiar to me 😉), but we all want Scotland to win – so let’s get right behind him. Good luck, Alex! https://t.co/sJArfMHrat
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) February 16, 2018
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
What about his failure to pay tax on his income?
— Michael Duignan (@Michael_Duignan) February 16, 2018
The SFA have screwed the entire youth set up amongst clubs, have no chief exec and appointed a second-hand failure as a manager! Leadership!
— MacDh 🏴 (@iainmacdh) February 16, 2018
Do you think he should pay back his EBT & retract his confession that Rangers cheated to compete with Celtic or is that ok with Scotland Mrs
— BOXER T🍀🇮🇪 (@boxertoye) February 16, 2018
Absolutely no chance of me watching Scotland with that cheat in charge. In fact I'm so disgusted with the SFA that to hasten their demise I hope they lose every game they play.
— paulmc67🏴 (@jingscriven) February 16, 2018
Till he shoots off for some English coin after a couple of mediocre results…. he has previous on this…
— bucketheidista (@bucketheidista) February 16, 2018
To quote Scotland's best manager "embarrassed, saddened, disgusted" at this appointment.
— Derek Wilson (@DRFW) February 16, 2018
McLeish’s appointment comes four months after Gordon Strachan left his post following the failure to qualify for this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.
The Scots have a crop of quality young players coming through and fans have added hope of qualifying for their first major tournament since 1998 when Euro 2020 takes place across the continent – including games being hosted at Hampden.
McLeish has had spells with Hibernian, Motherwell, Rangers, Scotland, Birmingham, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest Genk and Zamalek.
During his time at Ibrox, McLeish lifted two Scottish titles, two Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups after replacing Dick Advocaat 2001.
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