Malky Mackay says that he was sad to see ‘Scottish legend’ Gordon Strachan leave his job as head coach of the national team, but hopes that the players will buy into his own way of working.

Strachan was a popular figure among the Scotland squad, but Mackay will be looking to put his own stamp on training and preparation alongside his assistant, Eric Black, in the lead up to next week’s game against The Netherlands.

“Listen, that was a board decision and I think everyone has their own thoughts on whether it was time or not time,” said Mackay. “Ultimately, results meant that the decision was taken.

“Gordon is a Scottish legend as far as his career is concerned and his experience. He’s a good coach, undoubtedly, I’ve watched him, and he’s someone the players loved playing for.

“That’s something you’ve got to think about as well, players loved playing for him and wanted to turn up, and that’s not always the case.

“The boys all bonded with him, but I’ve been a player for a long time and football is constantly changing, with managers lasting two or three months at football clubs.

“So, players are professional, and they get on with their job, and they are as proud to turn up and play for their country as I am to be the manager.

“Gordon was very much respected by the players and the staff at the SFA, and it wasn’t a good day when he left for a lot of the staff, let’s just say that.

“There was a reality to it. It was the end of a second campaign, so it’s one of those things that happens.

“I can’t say I was happy about it, but I understood and understand the reality of why decisions are taken in football, and it’s not the first nor the last time it will happen.

“He’s a good man though, and he put his heart and soul into this country, and you saw the results over the last little period there were getting better and better.

“I’m sure he wishes this group of players the very best.”