The former England and Sunderland midfielder was released from prison last week after serving half of a six-year sentence
Gordon Strachan says he would consider signing convicted sex offender Adam Johnson if he was still a manager.
Having served half of a six-year sentence for sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl, the former England and Sunderland midfielder was released from prison last week.
Former Celtic and Scotland boss Strachan, 62, says he would give Johnson a second chance to resurrect his career – if he showed remorse.
“I would if he’s shown genuine remorse,” Strachan said on Sky Sports show The Debate.
“Then I’d say, ‘Right, let’s get on with it’.
“I would because I go back to what I believe in, that everybody deserves a second chance – and he’s done his bit.
“People will think he’s done his three years but this is for life. People will say, ‘That’s that guy!’
“What if we don’t allow him back in the game and his family are affected? His kids? We’ve got to think about that.”
Johnson, who remains on licence, last played in the Premier League for Sunderland in 2016 and faces an uphill battle in his attempts to return to football.
In a leaked video from his time in prison, Johnson revealed he has more hope of reviving his playing career abroad.
The Chinese Super League is rumoured to be an option, but they subject players to thorough criminal record and background checks, as do America, Australia and some Middle East countries such as Saudi Arabia – meaning Johnson’s options are severely limited.