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Dumbarton man Woods is new Scotland goalie coach

New Scotland goalie coach Stevie Woods pictured left with his son, John, and, right, with Jose Mourinho, coach of Manchester United.

March 12, 2018 – Dumbarton man Stevie Woods is one of a trio of former footballers who have been brought in by the new Scotland squad manager Alex McLeish to form his coaching squad.

He will be joined by former Celtic player Peter Grant and James McFadden, the former Motherwell player.

Woods, who went to St Patrick’s High School, played as a youth for Old Kilpatrick Boys’ Club and turned out from time to time with the Dumbarton Gaelic football club.

He is currently employed with Scottish League Champions Celtic as their goalkeeping coach.

He has been given much of the credit for improving the performances of Artur Borac, of Bournemouth, Fraser Foster of Southampton and Craig Gordon, Celtic current number one between the sticks.

The trio have signed two-year deals and will join the Scotland squad, which is named on Monday, before the Hampden Park friendly against Costa Rica on 23 March.

“I’m relishing the prospect of working with them on the training ground,” McLeish said of his new recruits.

Grant, 52, played more than 350 games for Celtic and won two Scotland caps in a 20-year playing career including spells at Norwich, Reading and Bournemouth.

He has coached at Bournemouth, West Ham, West Brom, Celtic, Birmingham, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Fulham, and also managed Norwich for a year.

McFadden, 34, earned 48 Scotland caps, scoring 15 goals, including a stunning long-range strike in a 1-0 victory over France in Paris in 2007, in McLeish’s first spell as Scotland manager. He started his career at Motherwell and twice returned to the club, also enjoying spells at Everton and Birmingham. McFadden was playing for Queen of the South in the Scottish Championship until December.

Stevie Woods, 48, has been goalkeeping coach at Celtic for more than a decade. He played for Hibernian, Preston North End, Motherwell, Clydebank and St Mirren before turning his attention to coaching.

“I am delighted to be in a position to welcome Peter, James and Stevie to the Scotland coaching staff,” said McLeish, who was named national boss for the second time in February.

“The three offer a complementary blend of experience, enthusiasm and success – both as players and as coaches – and are fully aware of the responsibility that comes with being part of the national team staff.”

Woods lived with his mother, Rosie, and sister Gemma at Miller Court, Roundriding Road, just a corner kick away from Boghead Park. He is married to Dumbarton woman Paula Kerr.

They have one son, John, named after his late grandfather, John Woods from Milton.

Alex McLeish said: “With these appointments, the final pieces are in place for my backroom staff and we can now begin the process of selecting and training a successful team to entertain the Scotland supporters and take us back to a major tournament, starting with the UEFA Nations League matches later this year.”

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