Newly-elected Scottish FA President Alan McRae wants to focus on youth development and improve football facilities to help create the "Scotland stars of the future".
McRae, who was elected president at the SFA's Annual General Meeting yesterday (9 June), has pledged to continue to work with partners across the game to improve Scottish football.
“I would like to focus on the development of young players, ensuring that talented boys and girls can become the Scotland stars of the future and to do that we need to provide more opportunities at grassroots and better facilities on which to play all year round,” said McRae.
“I’d like to focus on cultivating those relationships with all the bodies across the spectrum of the game – both professional and non-professional - and those outwith football, including the Scottish Government.
The former Highland League president replaces Campbell Ogilvie as SFA president after a distinguished career in football administration, which has seen him rise from the grassroots game all the way to UEFA, FIFA and the International Football Association Board.
“I started with Cove Rangers in the amateurs, moving them into juniors and then the Highland Football League over 30 years ago. Since joining the Scottish FA I’ve served on every one of the committees and boards, as well as working with UEFA, IFAB and FIFA.
“My association with the governing body extends to 23 years and it is a different world to the one I experienced when I played as a semi-professional footballer to where I am now. Once you get involved to (sic) want to be a success, as in any walk of life.”
McRae's first official duty will be to lead the SFA's delegation in Dublin for Saturday's European Championship qualifier against the Republic of Ireland and he believes qualifying for next summer’s tournament would be the perfect tribute to the late SFA chief executive, David Taylor.
“I am honoured to have been elected President by the members of the Scottish FA and I extremely excited that the first official engagement will be such a massive qualifier.
“I believe we are good enough to get a positive result and given the results we have had under Gordon Strachan I believe we can qualify for European Championships.
"If we can, it would be a fitting tribute to the memory of the late David Taylor, who was such a prominent advocate for the expansion of the tournament. It would be fantastic if Scotland could take their place in France next summer.”
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