FORMER Celtic star Malky Mackay has been axed from his role as SFA’s performance director.

The ex-Hoops and Scotland international central defender has lost his job after four years at Hampden in a cost-cutting exercise, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

Mackay was in Greece earlier this week assisting Scot Gemmill with the Under-21 squad in their failed bid to reach the summer finals.

The 48-year-old former Watford, Cardiff City and Wigan manager admitted in a statement: “As a number of qualification campaigns draw to a close and after four years in post, it feels like the right time to step down from my role as performance director.

“I would like to acknowledge the support I’ve had from my colleagues at the Scottish FA, to those at the clubs for their year-on-year co-operation and in particular to our talented team within the performance department for their passion, hard work and dedication.”

Mackay added: “It was also a great pleasure to be asked by the board to step in as interim manager for our national men’s international against Netherlands – an honour I’d like to thank them for and a memory I will cherish forever.

“I am proud to have served Scottish football and to have played a part in the progress that has undoubtedly been made in more recent times.”

The former back-four performer signed for the Hoops from Queen’s Park in 1993 and moved to Norwich City five years later. He also had spells at West Ham and Watford before going into management.


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