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Defiant Levein keen to hold on to Scotland tenure

Craig Levein was remaining defiant last night after his Scotland side essentially bowed out of World Cup qualifying.

The Tartan Army lost 2-0 to Belgium in Brussels to fall to the bottom of Group A after four matches which gives them little or no chance to progress to Brazil 2014.

Despite the defeat, Levein was not about to quit his role as national team manager whilst indicating that he was proud of his players for their recent efforts.

"No, not at all," he said when asked if he would quit.

"I'm very proud to be the Scottish national team manager and I want to continue. I have been in football long enough to understand when the players are trying at their maximum and when they are trying their best for each other and the team.

"Absolutely tonight, and on Friday night in Wales (2-1 loss), they did everything that they could.

"They didn't have any energy left at the end of the match.

"They have done everything possible to try and get a result for Scotland."

He added: "I understand that we are bottom of the group.

"But I absolutely look at the performances and I can tell you we definitely deserved something from the match on Friday.

"The clarification from me is that, so far as I am aware, I am still doing my job.

"We are looking at a situation where we have to improve as a nation and a country in our production of football players."

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