Gordon Strachan has been appointed Scotland manager, describing it as the culmination of a personal project "40 years in the making".

The former Celtic , Southampton , Coventry and Middlesbrough boss replaces Craig Levein, who was sacked in November, as the Scottish Football Association confirmed his appointment at Hampden.

In a press conference broadcast on Sky Sports News he said: "I am very very proud in myself and my family are proud I've become Scotland manager. It's a great day for me to do this and it's been 40 years in the making.

"There'll be rough times but I know there'll be good times too."

Strachan, whose contract runs up until Euro 2016, stated his desire to make Scotland a proud footballing country once more.

He said: "Every club you go to there's always challenges but this is the first time the challenges are in front of a nation.

"If you can be successful you can make a nation happy and make a nation proud and that is the priority for me to be able to do that with help from other people."

Strachan, who has been out of a manager's job since leaving Middlesbrough in 2010, claimed it was the perfect time to step into the role.

"You're always interested as long as someone asks you But I think that time is right now because I've had that European experience," he added.

"I've had to deal with players and I've also had a couple of years where I can look at national football.

"The time is right for me to be able to take a job like this. I have the experience, I like working with people, I like dealing with people and I like trying to make people better."