Scotland were on a strong run of form toward the end of the qualifying campaign, with just two losses in 10 games contributing towards the country’s rise 14 places back into the top 30 of the FIFA rankings.
However, Strachan’s men ultimately fell at the final hurdle, as a 2-2 draw with Slovenia left Scotland in third place and ended their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup.
That failure saw a large portion of the Tartan Army calling for Strachan to leave his post, not that Salmond was amongst his critics though.
The ex-SNP leader believes Scotland’s new spot in the FIFA rankings shows that it wasn’t a good idea to allow Strachan to leave:
Scotland back in the top 30 of FIFA rankings under Gordon Strachan. Now, why was it a good idea to let him go again?
— Alex Salmond (@AlexSalmond) October 16, 2017
Scotland’s new ranking, which sees them rise to 29th spot, comes after a last-gasp victory against Slovakia at Hampden and the draw with Slovenia.
Is Salmond right with his defence of the ex-Celtic manager?