Gavin Strachan handled himself excellently well after being thrust into the Celtic manager’s seat against Hibernian on Monday night.
That is the view of former Rangers and Scotland boss Alex McLeish who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, also revealed the reaction from the Strachan household at the news the Hoops coach would take charge of the first team.
Strachan, son of ex-Celtic manager Gordon, was handed the reins at Parkhead after Neil Lennon, John Kennedy and 13 first-team members were forced into self-isolation following Christopher Jullien’s positive Covid-19 test.
The depleted Celtic side looked on course for a narrow win over Jack Ross’ men but an injury-time goal from Kevin Nisbet ensured the points were shared.
McLeish, who is close friends with Gordon Strachan from their playing days at Aberdeen, insisted he was impressed with what he saw from Gavin both during and after the game.
“Gavin is a very capable guy, I know him and the schooling from his father, I’m sure he is totally alright,” McLeish told Football Insider.
“I texted Gordon the other night and said: ‘Oh, the wee man’s, the young one, is in the hotseat,’ and he said: ‘Aye, his mother’s gone apoplectic just now.’
“He said he would be alright and he was, he handled it really well, and even those questions about the earphones and things, Gavin was spot on with the answers, he never flinched at all, and it was normal and it wasn’t like he was making anything up.
“He was cool with it and I don’t see why not, he’s a young, he’s taken the hot seat of Celtic Football Club, let’s face it, and maybe, he is possibly happy with that input.
“I don’t think they took any kind of responsibility from him because he handled everything very, very cool, he had a cool head and he’ll be a bit gutted Celtic lost the late goal.”