Strachan: I've met Celtic board demands

Gordon Strachan says he's met management expectations at Celtic, despite the likelihood of missing out on the SPL title today.

Gordon Strachan says he's met management expectations at Celtic, despite the likelihood of missing out on the SPL title today.

"I knew when I came here that the idea was to bring the age down in the team, bring the wages down and win championships," said the manager. "Through the hard work of the guys I’ve had here for four years, we’ve managed to do that. So I’ve no pressure that way. I’d just like to win another title.

"We cannot think about anything else, because the rules are already set about how we deal with it. We’d just like another title.

"When Peter Lawwell came in as chief executive about five years ago, the club had £34million of debt — and they have no debt now. That’s some going.

"I just know that Peter has said to me that’s where we were when we took over. From then, we’ve got down to no debt now. That’s just hard work. You get that if you’re successful. I think we should all take pride in what’s happened since Peter took over. To do that, to know that the club is on a strong footing, that’s good.

"We have a much younger squad than we had and that’s part of the deal. Most of them are at a smashing age where they can develop and can become better players.

"And also, they have good resale value — if you ever wanted to sell them — because they’re young and developing. Look at Scott Brown, Scott McDonald, Aiden McGeady, Glenn Loovens — those guys are all about 23, 24. They can be sold. We don’t want to do that but the current squad is a valuable squad."