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Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - Iain Macfar­lane

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.”

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