Date: 21st March 2007 at 1:51pm
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As the SPL takes a break this weekend for the European Championship Qualifiers that will see Scotland play Georgia, the new Scotland boss, Dons legend Alex McLeish, is desperate for a win so that he can dedicate it to the man who did the most in his eyes to get him to this stage in his career.

McLeish believes that one man has done more for him in his career than any other and most will be surprised to hear that it`s not Alex Ferguson. Although Alex won most of his amazing trophy haul under the now Man United boss, he believes that there has been a bigger influence who has helped him achieve the astonishing amount that he has.

That man is Teddy Scott. Not many out with Pittodrie may have heard of Teddy but those who know him certainly value his input immensely. Teddy served the Dons as player, trainer and until his retirement in 2003, as kit manager and was a fountain of knowledge to the young players and 15 managers he served under during his 49 year employment.

This has prompted McLeish to state that if he can forge a Scotland victory, he`d like to make it in the honour of the man who has helped him so much in his career.

McLeish said,’If we win it will be my tribute to Teddy for the part he has played in my life.” Whenever I have achieved a milestone in my career Teddy has been high in my thoughts. I might not be where I am now were it not for his guidance.’

Plaudits don`t come much higher in British football that Sir Alex Ferguson and the “Best British Manager of the Last Century” said, ‘Teddy’s life is Aberdeen and they were very lucky to have had a man like him for so long.

‘I trust his opinions and a lot of that advice has remained of value throughout my career as a manager.’

Let`s hope McLeish gets his chance to show Teddy his appreciation with 3 points in our vital group match.