Danny Lennon says being chosen to take charge of the Scotland Under-21 team is an honour.

The former Cowdenbeath and St Mirren manager has agreed to work in a short-term capacity pending the recruitment of a new Performance Director – a process the Scottish FA aim to complete before the end of the month.

He will manage preparations and take charge of the Scotland Under-21 squad for their next fixture against Hungary on Thursday 26th March.

Ricky Sbragia, who oversaw the squad for their friendly match with Switzerland in November, will resume his responsibilities as under-19 coach as they prepare for their UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round matches at the end of March.

Danny Lennon said: “In my opinion there is no greater honour than representing your country and I’m absolutely delighted to be in charge of the Scotland under-21 side as manager.

“There are a lot of things already in place which eases the load and allows me to focus and concentrate on team selection.

“I’ve identified numerous players from eight different leagues - now I’ll go out there and get as much footage and see as many players as much as I can before the final selection decision for Hungary.”

Danny started his managerial career at Cowdenbeath and led them to two successive promotions in 2009 and 2010. He was appointed St Mirren manager in June 2010 and helped them to their first-ever Scottish League Cup win in 2013.

During his four years at St Mirren Park, Lennon worked with a number of current and former Scotland U21 players. He’s optimistic that he’ll have plenty to choose from in his new position.

Lennon added: “There has been some absolutely fantastic work done throughout Scotland. Down South we have numerous players to select from and that is really exciting. It makes my job a lot easier.”