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Following the November sacking of Craig Levein, the Scottish Football Association has turned to Gordon Strachan as the national team's new manager.

Strachan won 50 caps for Scotland, representing his country at two World Cups, and playing with distinction for the likes of Aberdeen, Manchester United and Leeds United.

He took his first steps into management at Coventry City and has also enjoyed spells in charge of Southampton, Celtic and Middlesbrough. Here, Sky Sports takes a look back at his career.

1957: Born February 9, Edinburgh.

1974: Signs for Dundee. Plays 60 league matches, scoring 13 goals.

1977: Joins Aberdeen for £50,000. Plays 187 matches, scoring 55 times.

1980: Wins Scottish league championship medal and first of 50 Scotland caps against Northern Ireland. Named Scottish Footballer of the Year.

1982: Collects Scottish Cup winners' medal.

1983: Achieves second Scottish Cup success, followed by European Cup Winners' Cup medal.

1984: Wins Scottish league and cup double. Manchester United sign him for £500,000 in August. Stays at Old Trafford for five years, playing 160 league matches and scoring 33 goals.

1985: Only trophy success with United, taking FA Cup.

1989: Joins Second Division Leeds in March for £300,000.

1990: Captains club to Second Division title.

1991: Named Football Writers' Association Player of the Year.

1992: Leads Howard Wilkinson's side to a first league championship in 18 years. Wins final international cap against Finland.

1993: Awarded OBE.

1994: Plays last match for Leeds, a 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool on December 31.

1995: Announces his retirement from Premier League football in January, but continues to play regularly for Leeds' reserve team. Two months later joins Ron Atkinson at Coventry as assistant.

1996: Takes over as Coventry manager as Atkinson stepped down.

1997: Coventry survive relegation on the final day of the Premier League season with victory at Tottenham.

2001: May - Coventry lose at Aston Villa and relinquish their Premier League status after 34 consecutive years in the top flight.

September 8 - City lose 1-0 at home to Grimsby, sparking chants of "Strachan out". A handful of fans have to be restrained by police as they attempt to confront the manager.

September 10 - Strachan leaves Coventry by mutual consent.

October 22 - Appointed Southampton boss.

2003: May 17 - Southampton lose 1-0 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final but qualify for Europe for the first time in 19 years.

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October 15 - A 1-0 defeat in Romania against Steaua Bucharest, following a 1-1 home draw, sees Saints crash out of Europe at the first hurdle.

2004: January 9 - Confirms he will not to extend his contract with Southampton beyond the end of the season for personal reasons.

February 13 - Steps down as Southampton manager.

September 9 - Rules himself out of contention to manage Scotland.

December 19 - Turns down the opportunity to become boss of Portsmouth.

2005: May 25 - Named Celtic manager on a 12-month rolling contract.

July 27 - Celtic thumped 5-0 by Artmedia Bratislava in Strachan's first match in charge to crash out of the Champions League at the qualifying stage.

December 15: Signs Roy Keane after release by Manchester United.

2006: March 19 - Lifts first trophy as Celtic manager with victory over Dunfermline in the Scottish League Cup final.

April 5 - Celtic clinch Scottish Premier League title with victory over Hearts.

November 11 - Leads Celtic into Champions League knockout stages for the first time after 1-0 victory over Manchester United.

2007: March 7 - Celtic knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage by AC Milan.

April 22 - Celtic clinch SPL title with a 2-1 win at Kilmarnock. Strachan is named Manager of the Year.

May 2 - Named Manager of the Year by the Scottish Football Writers' Association.

May 26 - Celtic win Scottish Cup, beating Dunfermline 1-0.

October 3 - Celtic snatch a last-gasp 2-1 win over European champions AC Milan at Parkhead.

November 28 - Celtic reach knockout stage of Champions League despite losing final group game in Milan.

2008: February 20 - Celtic go out of Champions League to Barcelona.

May 22 - Strachan becomes only the third Celtic manager to win a hat-trick of Scottish championships.

November 25 - Celtic suffer shock 2-1 defeat at Aalborg to crash out of the Champions League and Europe altogether.

December 13 - Strachan has dressing-room bust-up with midfielder Aiden McGeady after 1-1 SPL draw with Hearts. McGeady is fined two weeks' wages and suspended for two matches.

2009: March 7 - Celtic suffer surprise 1-0 Scottish Cup quarter-final defeat at St Mirren.

March 15 - Celtic beat Rangers 2-0 at Hampden in the first Old Firm cup final for six years to lift the Scottish League Cup.

May 3 - Strachan named SPFA Manager of the Year.

May 24 - Celtic are held 0-0 by Hearts as Rangers win the SPL title by four points on the final day of the season. Celtic had been eight points clear earlier in the year. He resigned a day later.

October 26 - Signed a four-year deal to manage Middlesbrough.

2010: October 18 - Voluntarily tears up his contract and resigns after a run of poor form.

2013: January 15 - Appointed manager of the Scotland national team.

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