Craig Levein reveals ambitious 'Barcelona-style' plan for Scotland

Tartan Army boss hopes appointment of a new performance director in next few weeks will be the start of an exciting new era for Scottish football
Scotland manager Craig Levein has outlined a new 'Barcelona-style' plan to adopt a philosophy of play that he expects to be replicated across Scotland at every level.

Speaking at Hampden Park, the Scottish boss believes that he has a chance to start afresh.

“It’s pretty evident the way Barcelona and Spain are playing ... that’s the way you’d want your team to play," said Levein.

"They’re great to watch. It’s certainly the best football I’ve ever seen. If we’re going to start with this blank sheet, then why not try to emulate the best?

“They’ve set up something that works, so when Pep Guardiola — a product of the system — comes in, it works. There’s no reason why we can’t do the same thing.”

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) has one more candidate to interview for its new “performance director” position, which Levein says will not be some spurious honour bestowed on a retired manager.

“We won’t be giving someone who is at the tail end of their career a few quid. It’s an important, time-consuming job," he insisted.

"The new man will set up development centres, football schools and try to increase the number of hours children play the game each week.

"But most intriguingly, it will be his responsibility to ensure that every team — be it at under-21, youth or boys level — will play the same way."

Levein also revealed that a total of £12.5m will be spent on the strategy, which he hopes will prove to be a long-term success story for the Scots.

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