MALKY MACKAY will this week tell the SFA that the Scotland set-up
be run to the standards of Manchester United or Barcelona.
The SFA performance director believes the levels of excellence when players report for international duty have to match those of the world’s biggest clubs.
Already the Celtic players have brought a level of professionalism to the group after being inspired by Celtic Park gaffer Brendan Rodgers’ methods.
After taking charge against the Dutch last week, Mackay said: “I expect English Premier League or Champions League standard from now on and I’ll be involved in the performance staff who come in.
“I want to make sure that when players come away with Scotland they are not underwhelmed with what surrounds it. I’m going to make sure that this exists.
“I wasn’t involved before and I’m not saying it wasn’t there but I know what I want and I know what is top level – and the staff I brought in and tweaked things are top level.
“The players have had that – every sense of tactical analysis, GPS readings, physiological readings, the way they are treated, what they are given in terms of protein shakes and strategies as far as that concerned.
“Then there’s imparting tactical knowledge on them in training sessions the way that I want it done. Eric Black conducting it means that they just go on the pitch and enjoy it.
“We just want to give a young group like that confidence and if we can do that then we have a chance.”
Mackay will send a report to every club who supplied a player for the Holland game to show how they trained and back it up with statistical analysis.
A detailed dossier will also land on the desk of SFA chief executive Stewart Regan to show the levels off the field the national team must aspire to if progress is to be made on it with the next manager.
Mackay added: “There will be lots of stuff that will go in a report back to the board when I finally get five minutes to sit down.
“It will cover all the performance staff and how the five-day camp should run in terms of staff, how we deal with the players, where we take them and how we implement the week.
“That’s the way forward for me. I’ve had nothing to do with the first team until now so I’m going into this with how I think should be. I’ve been to plenty of Europeans teams, plenty of international teams and been involved in the Premier League and I know where cutting edge is.
“I know all of these things help footballers now and some expect it. Certainly a lot of those Dutch players we faced expect it.
“When they come away, from the minute they arrive to the minute they leave, they are delighted with the environment they are in.”
Mackay will not have a direct say on who the next Scotland boss will be but he says it has to be a top-level coach and not just a motivational manager.
He added: “I think unless you have someone who has tactical nous then we’d be beaten 5-0 against the Netherlands.
“I don’t mean that in terms of me, I just mean we have to have someone who imparts tactical knowledge on to our players.
“You have four days to play against Holland, so what myself and Eric looked at was three or four key points both with and without the ball and we just drip fed that into them over the days and in training sessions.
“That way they were constantly getting the message.”
And he added: “I think you have to have tactical information for the players. They expect it from their managers at their clubs, to not get it here would be a travesty.”