Former SFA performance director Mark Wotte has landed himself a new job as head coach at Al Wahda in the United Arab Emirates.

The Dutchman had been hoping to get back into management for the first time since leaving Ismaily in Egypt back in 2011. His roles outside of the dugout had been with the SFA as well as the Morocco FA a short time later where he helped take the under-23s outfit in 2015. He had also been technical director at Al Wahda.

Posting the news on his social media accounts, Wotte said: "Excited to have agreed this season to be Head-Coach of Al Wahda FC in Abu Dhabi UAE. Big thanks to Sheikh Diab Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan for his confidence and trust ! Happy to start asap with my staff Fons Groenendijk Dennis Gentenaar Michael Lindeman + Liam Weeks."

Wotte had previously hinted he would be interested in a return to Scotland after the St Johnstone job opened up when Tommy Wright departed.  The 59-year-old spent three years as the SFA’s performance director before leaving in 2014.

He developed a love for Scottish football during his time with the governing body and hoped to return with a top-flight club, though the role ultimately went to Callum Davidson.

Rangers, of course, also held discussions with Wotte back in 2015 as they looked to revamp their set-up.