Gordon Strachan: Ex-Scotland boss says too many clubs are not professional enough

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Gordon Strachan: Ex-Scotland boss says too many clubs are not professional enough


Strachan is Dundee’s technical director and managed Scotland from 2013 to 2017

Former Scotland boss Gordon Strachan believes too many of the country’s senior clubs are not professional enough.

Of the 42 member sides of the SPFL, 22 employ players on a full-time basis, while the remaining 20 are part-time.

Strachan thinks the lack of fully professional sides is holding the game back.

“If you want to be a professional club, show it,” hetold the BBC’s Scottish football podcast.

“Have full-time employees, have full-time players, have an academy, do the whole lot. Just don’t play at being a football team and expect us to look after you.

“When you talk about clubs coming into the league, what are they bringing in? Two hundred people per week to a game, is that really professional football?

“The teams in the bottom two leagues at the moment, in general, how many players have they produced over the last 14 years?”

Strachan, who is technical director at Championship side Dundee, believes “40 or 50%” of SPFL clubs would not survive in the English National League.

The former Celtic and Middlesbrough boss was also critical of the overall “product” of Scottish football, and believes the spectacle must improve to bring in more money.

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