This article from Celtic Quick News sums up my own opinion on Strachan:
Ferguson should learn a lesson from Strachan
I was travelling yesterday evening when I heard Sir Alex Fergusons pre-match comments explaining how Manchester United would play their own way against Milan, we only know one way to play, which is evidently true. Maybe he should have taken notes from his former player.
Despite our heroic victory in November, Manchester United are a better team than Celtic, with better players, however, all they needed from their visit to Milan was the same result Celtic achieved in February.
Gordon Strachan received criticism in many quarters for not being more adventurous against an over the hill AC Milan, but it appears self evident that a more expansive approach from Celtic would have brought a similar, or probably worse, defeat.
Milan are a fabulous team; three Champions League finals in five years, four semi finals in that time. Our performance in both legs, though ultimately fruitless looks no less heroic. If you are my age, you were brought up on Celtic teams who attacked at every opportunity. You were also brought up on Celtic teams who were eliminated from European football by their first serious opponents.
Setting out to primarily defend home and away is counter culture, but had one or two breaks gone their way in Milan, Celtic would have had the opportunity to test their defence in Munich, and Milan would have suffered their earliest exit from Europe in seven years.
Gordon Strachan deserved his Manager of the Year title for schooling his resources against two of the finest teams in Europe, not to mention his second Scottish title. He is growing in the job; when he arrived he might have been tempted to send his team out with similar instructions as Sir Alex issued last night, but a really important lesson was learned on day one.
To turn a 0-1 extra time defeat against the European Champions (elect) into a deserved victory will take a lot; players, heroic scouting, money and time, but the one thing we are not short of is a coach who can take-on the best.
Congratulations Gordon, I am proud of you.