GORDON STRACHAN refused to discuss his Scotland future after the country’s 2-2 stalemate in Slovenia ended their hopes of reaching the World Cup play-offs.
In the aftermath of yet another failure at the highest level, the international boss insisted it was no time to talk about him while his players were hurting.
Strachan said: “At this moment, I’m the last person thinking about the future.
“But the players in there, I’ve got to look after them. Not a problem about me. I’m really proud to be the manager.
“We’re hurting but not as much as them [the players]. Fans can’t hurt like them, I can’t hurt like them, so there shouldn’t be any talk about what I’m thinking, what I’m doing at this moment in time.
“I’m thinking about looking after the players.
“They can be proud of themselves and actually it’s an honour to be their coach.
“I’ve worked with some great bunches of lads and – no disrespect to anyone – they gave as much as anybody I’ve ever worked with.”
Strachan added: “Hopefully, nobody in sport will have to feel the way these guys are feeling at the moment.
“But I think sometimes in life you have to hurt badly before you achieve things.
“And if that’s the way things work, then the lads will go on – with their country and individual clubs – and achieve great things.
“They come here of their own free will – no one gives them big contracts – and they can be proud of what they have achieved.”
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