Gordon Strachan has led the Scottish FA’s tribute to Arthur Montford, the legendary broadcaster who died yesterday at the age of 85.

The Scotland national coach spoke fondly of Montford providing “the soundtrack” to his early career with Dundee and Aberdeen.

“Arthur’s voice – and later his jackets – became synonymous with Scottish football during my teenage years but also my early career as a player. In many ways, Arthur provided the soundtrack to Scottish football during our careers in the 1970s and 80s but also in the school playground.

“I remember scoring goals at school with team-mates putting on that famous voice. Scoring a goal for your club and country became even more magical when Arthur described it with that passionate, authoritative voice.

“I was fortunate enough to have met him many times throughout my career: he was a fantastic broadcaster, a great football person and a real gentleman.”

Scottish FA President Campbell Ogilvie echoed the sentiments of the national coach.

“I am saddened by the news of Arthur’s passing and wish to convey the condolences of the Scottish FA to his family. Arthur thrived in an era before live broadcasting of football and, as such, brought the game to life with his vivid commentary.

“He was an integral a part of Scottish football for decades and in capturing the essence of Scottish football in an era before live television coverage, also captured the imagination of his audience with his unique and eloquent style.

“He was, of course, a great lover of football and, in particular, Greenock Morton. We kept in touch through his devotion to Morton and, indeed, I enjoyed being interviewed by him little over a year ago for the Morton match programme.