Craig Levein: I am the right man for Scotland job

The Tartan Army boss has reiterated that a change of manager would only be detrimental to his nation's fortunes ahead of their crucial World Cup Qualifier against Belgium
Under-fire Scotland boss Craig Levein has insisted he remains the man to take the country forward, and claims that yet another change of personnel at the top would only mask the country’s underlying problems.

Scotland have not qualified for a major international tournament for 14 years, but Levein was bullish in his argument that his nation’s footballing fortunes will not change drastically until the systemic weaknesses in their coaching set-up are addressed.

"The evidence is there. We have not qualified since 1998 - that's a fact," he told reporters. "And you can chop and change managers as many times as you want and say, 'This manager didn't work and that manager didn't work'.

"What happens then is you go out and look for another manager who is the Messiah and he is going to make everything work, but I keep saying it - the teams at the top of the tree are the ones that have actually put a system in place to produce players."

The Tartan Army face Belgium on Tuesday night having not won a competitive fixture since their 1-0 defeat of Lichtenstein more than a year ago, and the pressure on the Scotland manager has increased further in light of Saturday's 2-1 loss to Wales.

Levein, though, spoke of his pride at holding the position that he does, and his determination to turn his team’s fortunes around in the long term.

He added: "This is me talking about the long game - this is not about just now. I want to be the Scottish team manager.

"I am hugely proud to be the manager and nobody is working harder or putting more things in place within the SFA than I have to try and be successful.

"I understand that I get judged on results. That is the way the world works but what I say to you is that if we don't get the system right we will still be sitting talking about this in four or six or eight years' time.

"I don't know what other people are saying because I haven't been looking at anything or listening to anyone. I've been taking no notice of anything else. Maybe in the world out there, there is a debate going on but I don't know about it."

A Belgium side boasting the likes of Thomas Vermaelen, Marouane Fellaini and Eden Hazard will no doubt enter Tuesday’s clash with Scotland as firm favourites, but Levein was adamant to see the game as an opportunity to regain some momentum.

"I'm only doing my job properly if I'm trying to help get a performance against Belgium," he insisted. "There are situations as a manager where you find you do need to get a big performance.

"There have been so many situations which have just about kick-started us in the last couple of years, but we're still searching for that one which changes the tide. That's why this game is a great opportunity.

"It would be a fantastic way to finish the first four games, by beating one of the best teams around just now."