Regan: Friendly is Stark's chance
Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan believes Wednesday's friendly in Luxembourg is an ideal chance for caretaker manager Billy Stark to prove his credentials.
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Scotland Under-21 manager Stark will lead the full team nine days after Craig Levein was removed from his position and with the SFA board yet to meet to discuss the process and timescale of choosing a permanent successor.
Regan said: "Billy has got a great opportunity to show what he can do.
"He's a great guy, he has been very committed to the under-21s.
"He has agreed to take this position on an interim basis, until the board have decided on the next step.
"Depending on how Billy performs and his own views, then clearly we would keep the door open for any potential candidate at this stage."
Stark himself was maintaining his focus on the 90 minutes and making sure the players bounce back from the disappointment of losing their manager, and their poor start to the World Cup qualifiers.
"The way I view it is I'm honoured and privileged to be asked to take the team," he said.
"The main aim in a general sense is for the players to produce a good performance and a result, and I'm looking no further than that."
Losing nine players from his original 21-man squad on Sunday might have prompted some managers to question what they had let himself in for, but Stark has two qualifying campaigns under his belt for the Under-21s and took it in his stride.
"I think when you're involved in international management, as I have been with the 21s, you have a feel for how it works," he said. "The full job is exaggerated and magnified a thousand times. I enjoy the aspects of international football that I have had over the past number of years.
"I have been doing my level best to get the most enjoyment I can out of this in terms of being professional and doing a good solid job.
"But I have said to the players that we want to make this a positive experience and the only way we will do that for all of us is if we get a good performance and a good result."
The number of call-offs, which included the likes of Charlie Adam, James Morrison and Jamie Mackie, could be construed as a sign of disillusionment following the sacking of Levein.
But Stark feels there is nothing wrong with the players in his squad showing their feelings.
"It's been well documented that there is a lot of disappointment there," the former Celtic and Aberdeen midfielder said.
"I'm delighted to see that because it shows there was a good working relationship with the players.
"That has helped me because they have quickly established a working relationship with me and trained well in the last couple of days.
"Their behaviour and the way they have approached things and their attitude has been exemplary.
"So I couldn't speak more highly of them and I know Craig did as well, and I can see the evidence of that."
When naming the squad last week, Stark admitted a major task would be to galvanise the players in the wake of the sacking of Levein, who seemed to have the genuine backing of the players.
But he does not see any lingering disappointment affecting the performance.
"You are asked questions and I said that at the time and that's what I believed, but it wasn't an ongoing situation," Stark said.
"That was addressed in the very early stages and the response we have had from the players has been first class, so that is not an issue at all."
Senior players such as Kenny Miller have admitted they feel they let Levein down for failing to deliver the performances and results when it mattered. And Stark is actively trying to harness that feeling for positive ends.
The former St Johnstone and Queen's Park manager said: "I'm trying to paint that picture for them, that every international game they should have a point to prove, that we want to be better regarded in world terms in terms of where we are as a football nation.
"Every game we play gives us an opportunity to do that. Some obviously carry greater pressure and importance than others.
"I'm not saying this is the most important game Scotland's played, far from it.
"But for some young players that are involved, it is the most important game.
"The ones we have brought in have brought a good freshness and enthusiasm to the group and the other ones have sparked off that as well, so I couldn't be more delighted."