Scotland Head Coach Alex McLeish confirms assistants

Alex McLeish has appointed former Scotland internationals Peter Grant and James McFadden as his assistant coaches, with Stevie Woods named as goalkeeping coach.

The trio have been appointed on two-year contracts and will join up with the Scotland squad ahead of the Costa Rica fixture at Hampden Park on Friday, 23 March.

Grant, who won two Scotland caps in a playing career spanning three decades, will combine his Scotland coaching duties with his role as Lead Professional Development Coach at Fulham.

Over the course of an iconic playing career, McFadden earned 48 caps for Scotland, scoring 15 goals, including a stunning strike from 35 yards that earned Scotland victory over France in Paris during Alex McLeish’s first spell as Scotland head coach.  

Woods brings a wealth of experience to his new role, having been goalkeeping coach at Celtic for more than a decade, where he has worked closely with Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

“I am delighted to be in a position to welcome Peter, James and Stevie to the Scotland coaching staff and I’m relishing the prospect of working with them on the training ground.

“The three offer a complementary blend of experience, enthusiasm and success – both as players and as coaches – and are fully aware of the responsibility that comes with being part of the national team staff. 

“Peter has enjoyed a distinguished coaching career and is already familiar with the set-up in the Scottish FA’s Performance department, having worked with our Under-21 team last year.

“I have known Peter for a long time – in fact, I played alongside him for Scotland in both his appearances for the national team – and I am thrilled that he has accepted my offer to work with the team.

“James brings a youthful enthusiasm to the coaching team, but beyond that he offers a relatable figure for the players to look up to.

“He bore the hopes of a nation on his shoulders for many years and was a talisman for the national team during his career – to have a former player of that ilk on the coaching staff can only be an inspiration for the current players.

“Stevie is a highly-respected figure as a goalkeeping coach and is already well-known to many of the players.

“His experience of working with top quality keepers at the highest level will be invaluable to the squad and he will have no trouble adapting to the intensity of international football.

“With these appointments, the final pieces are in place for my backroom staff and we can now begin the process of selecting and training a successful team to entertain the Scotland supporters and take us back to a major tournament, starting with the UEFA Nations League matches later this year.”

Tickets for Scotland v Costa Rica are now on public sale.