Strachan praises players but won't be drawn on his future
The Scotland boss said his team had given everything despite failure to reach the play-offs.
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan said it wasn't the right time to discuss his future after seeing his side fall at the final hurdle and miss out a World Cup play-off place.
The national team needed a win to reach the knockout tie and were leading at half time but drew 2-2 in Slovenia to see their hopes of playing at Russia 2018 end in bitter disappointment.
Strachan praised the players' efforts in taking qualification right to the wire and saw positives in the performance despite the result.
The manager's contract is shortly coming to an end but when asked if he wanted to staty on he said it wasn't the time to think about his role.
"To ask that question is kind of disrespectful to me because if you think I'm thinking about myself at this moment in time when there's a group of lads in there hurting after what they've done then you don't know me," he said.
Reflecting on the game and the campaign, he said that there was no explaining how he and the players felt at failing to achieve their aims.
"You'll never know [how difficult that is to take]," he said. "You'll never, ever know.
"Only those guys will know how hard it is to take. Unless you've been in that situation I don't think I've got the words to explain it to you.
"I'll tell you again that it's an honour to work with these guys. I've been fortunate enough to be successful and only because of the group of people around me. I don't care where I've been, and that's with all respect to the guys I've worked with before, this group is as good as I've worked with in terms of doing everything they can.