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Strachan interested in Scotland job

Gordon Strachan has firmed up his interest in the vacant Scotland job by claiming it would be "an honour" to manage his national side.

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Former Celtic and Southampton boss Strachan, 55, has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Craig Levein who was sacked on Monday. He has been out of work since leaving Middlesbrough in October 2011.

Scotland have struggled in their opening World Cup qualifying fixtures, picking up just two points from their opening four games, and sit rock bottom of Group A after a 2-1 defeat to Wales. Strachan would be keen to pick up the baton from Levein, but admits he hasn't received any contact as of yet.

"It's quite simple really, it would be an honour to be asked to be the manager of your own national side, it's terrific," he told ITV.

"I could sit here and say 'yes, it would be great' or 'no, it's not for me' but it would also be arrogant of me to answer that if nobody has asked you and presume that someone will ask.

"Until you've been asked a question about a job, any job, then you really don't know how you'd go about it that's for sure. I wouldn't have the arrogance to think that someone is going to knock on my door."

Strachan is a popular choice, and has received the backing of Wigan defender and Scotland international Gary Caldwell, who says his passion will make him a success.

"He's a passionate manager and a very passionate Scot,'' Caldwell told Sky Sports News. "I had three good years with him at Celtic and he achieved great things there.

"He's been out of management for a while and I'm sure he will be hungry. I think the national team job needs a passionate guy. It is not an easy job. I'm sure he is a guy who will come with a real passion and do well for Scotland."

Meanwhile, Alex McLeish, another name linked to the post vacated by Levein, has singled out Strachan as a good man to take Scotland forward, while ruling himself out of the race.

"Gordon Strachan is a pretty good candidate to me," he told talkSPORT. "He's had success at club level with Celtic. Whether he wants to come away from the television role he's got - because he's very good on TV - would be a big decision for him to make.

"I left the national team to take up club football, I felt I was missing the day-to-day stuff. I'm still of that mind. I wouldn't like to be unfair to the Scotland fans in terms of coming back to the job. A lot of people would maybe think I was a hypocrite."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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