SFA Performance Director Malky Mackay has met with Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers to discuss how the Irishman can help him halt the decline of Scottish football.

Rodgers worked with Mackay during his time in charge at Watford and has told the former Scotland centre half he is prepared to assist him in his new role.

The performance director believes that every Ladbrokes Premiership manager has a significant part to play in resurrecting the ailing fortunes of our national game.

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Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen manager, has already volunteered to speak to national age-group squads and take their training sessions.

He also revealed that he held talks with Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary Manchester United manager, last Friday and was set to meet former Scotland head coaches Craig Brown, Andy Roxburgh and Walter Smith.

Asked if Rodgers could play a part as he outlined the recommendations contained in Project Brave, Mackay said: “That is something that is absolutely ongoing.

"Project Brave is the performance strategy for Scottish football, not the Scottish Football Association, it is for Scottish football, it is for the betterment of Scottish football. I am asking for everyone’s help and for everyone to be involved in this.

"It is why I have gone to 12 (senior) clubs and why I am going to all 42. I have to go to every club and ask them to help and say that we are sitting next to them, not sitting across from them.

"In terms of the Premier League managers, I will be asking the Premier League managers for their help, without a doubt. Brendan is somebody I know pretty well from my time at Watford and down in England and I have met with him.

"Derek McInnes is another one who has already offered help in terms of the international teams, going and talking to the international teams, taking an international team training session.

"These are guys who are absolutely at the sharp end, guys who have been there, seen it and done it already. I am going to talk to them and have already spoken to many of them.

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"I was down seeing Sir Alex Ferguson on Friday and I plan to talk to Walter Smith, Craig Brown and Andy Roxburgh as well concerning their thoughts going forward and, at times, being involved in something.

"We need as many helpers as possible involved in this to try and make things better.

"You need your top managers and top people in the country buying into this.

"I have also been to see Neil Lennon at Hibs, while Craig Levein at Hearts works along the corridor from me. Everybody is saying the same thing - they are all desperate for our young Scottish players to be better.

"Sir Alex gave me a lot of advice and the main thing was about the work ethic of the young players coming through. He spoke to me about what we have to get back to."

Project Brave recommends a reduction in the number of elite academies and the number of young players involved in them as well as increased use of the loan system and the return of the reserve league.

Mackay also revealed that a new coaching mentor would be appointed who would oversee the development of our more promising managers.

Mackay said: "A lot of young Scottish players are starting to emerge.

"With the loans and the reserves, hopefully clubs start to look and decide not to throw money on cheap foreign imports, where most don't work out.

"Hopefully we start going back to a time where we are bringing through good young Scots again."