Scottish FA performance director Malky Mackay confirmed he would be leaving his role at Hampden in the wake of Scotland qualifying for Euro 2020 – and the SFA could have a perfect replacement in Rangers Academy chief Craig Mulholland.
Mackay released a statement yesterday announcing the end of his four-year stint in charge of overseeing the direction of the national teams and development in Scotland – and, unsurprisingly, wasn’t going out without overegging his importance in recent years.
While many will feel he should never have been in the role to begin with – myself included – he’s gone now and hopefully the SFA can put someone in charge with a genuine track record of developing players.
Mulholland has done an excellent job with the Academy players at Rangers since taking charge around six years ago and the transformation of the Gers youth system has been remarkable.
From having one or two youngsters representing their country to now dominating national selections for Scotland at various groups and having players playing for a host of other nations, there’s been a massive amount of work done by Mulholland and his staff.
That has seen the Gers’ Academy become one of the most highly-regarded in the UK and Mulholland has been central to that.
The Academy boss may have no desire to move on from Rangers – and we really hope that is the case – but when the SFA are drawing up their shortlist of candidates to take over from Mackay, his name must be near the top of the list.
If it isn’t, there needs to be some serious questions asked about the blazers at Hampden and what it is they actually do to improve the game in Scotland.