Sbra­gia lands U21’s top job

Castlemilk’s Ricky Sbra­gia has been ap­pointed head coach

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Colin Pater­son

Castlemilk’s Ricky Sbra­gia has been ap­pointed head coach of Scot­land’s un­der-21s squad.

The 59-year-old ac­cepted the job of­fer from SFA Per­for­mance Di­rec­tor Brian McClair.

Sbra­gia moves up from his role as un­der-19s coach and has pre­vi­ously worked in Eng­land’s top-flight with Manch­ester United, Sun­der­land and Bolton Wan­der­ers.

“I’m very proud to have been of­fered the po­si­tion of Scot­land un­der-21 head coach, ”he said.

“I’m acutely aware of the im­por­tance of the job in what for many young pro­fes­sion­als should be the fi­nal stage be­fore en­ter­ing the full in­ter­na­tional team.

“The pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­ity is to help pre­pare play­ers to make that leap to Gor­don Stra­chan’s ‘A’ squad.

“But it is also im­por­tant that we work hard to en­sure we are ready to make an im­pact in the forth­com­ing Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fiers which start in Septem­ber.”

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