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Strachan holds pride of place amongst the website ugliestfootballers.com after being suggested to the site designers by Grag Hammel from the West Midlands.

Notts fans will be hoping his lack of 'pretty boy' image will see him well up for the fight to retain County's Footbal League status.

If he fires McParland's Notts side up the League Two ladder I'm sure I could find a number of messageboard users keen to kiss the new signing
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nonetheless.

On the footballing side of things, the 30-year-old midfielder signs for the Magpes from League Two rivals in another step to his career fall down the leagues.

Gavin, son of now Celtic manager Gordon Strachan began his career at Leeds United as an apprentice until he was snapped up by Coventry City in 1996.

The youngster made only a handful appearences for the then Premiership outfit including two starts in the injury ravaged campaign of 2000/01.

When players returned for the Sky Blues, Strachan was sent out on loan to Scottish clubs Dundee United and Motherwell in a bid to maintain his taste of first team football.

The middle man appeared for the Scotland Under-21 team too but lifelong Blues fan Lee Vernon admits his full emergence into the first team set up was never very likely.

"He was never really going to make a big impact and since his time with he has just fell down the Football League," he explained.

In 2002, Strachan made his move to Southend United after realising a Premiership future was a long shot.

But his time in Essex proved fruitless also as he picked up a fractured foot playing against Blackpool which marred his spell.

He had a stint at Stockport County on loan and showed some promise.

Ne
Long spell at Hartlepool
xt stop was Hartlepool for the midfielder desperate to prove his capabilities.

And it was at Victoria Park that Strachan produced his most consistent league form since breaking through with Leeds.

He played 78 games for the Pools netting seven goals.

But in the summer of 2006 and the arrival of Willie Boland and Gary Liddle, Strachan had now fallen out of favour with latest boss Danny Wilson.

His move to Posh offered little opportunity with Darren Ferguson preferring other combinations in the middle of the park.

But now at Notts the energetic midfielder will be hoping to keep alive his chances of ending his career in the Football League.

Strachan has just ten career goals to his name but alongside the likes of Richard Bucther and Neil MacKenzie in the County camp his chances should not be greatly limited.

His arrival at Meadow, due to be completed on Thursday on an 18-month long deal should add some much needed experience to the ranks.

Strachan is believed to have a good first touch as well having a keen eye for a pass. Simple but effective.

And if he lives up to this tag he should prove popular.