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ECK EYES SCOTLAND RETURN

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ALEX McLEISH has stated that he is ‘open’ to the possibility of taking over as Scotland boss, for the second time.

The former-Rangers manager was speaking at Hampden today as BT Sport continued their fantastic promotion of the Betfred Cup as the semi-finals approach this weekend.

“I’d be nice to get a call from the SFA to see what their thoughts are.

“Obviously I’m not in a job now so people might think it would be easier for me to take the job, and of course it would be. I don’t have any issues except just saying: ‘Yes, I’d love to do that’.”
In a reflective mood when the assembled media asked him whether he would be interested in the job that he vacated after just ten months in charge, McLeish was quick to get his opinion across about the job.

“We had a good spell. It was a short spell, and I loved every minute of it.”

The 58-year-old became manager of Scotland in late January 2008 and had departed by the end of November of the same year with a staggering win rate of 70.00% after seven wins out of ten. However, McLeish attributed the move from Hampden to Birmingham

“I felt when I took it last time around,  I wasn’t ready for international football.

“At the time I felt I was a bit young to be going into international management. I used to think it was older coaches that went down that route, but it was a trend then.

“You think when you get the call you would say: ‘I don’t know, maybe’. But as soon as I got the call, I said yes and that’s what happens when your country comes calling. It’s difficult to knock it back.”

McLeish led the Scots to a famous win in Paris; however his side failed to qualify for Euro 2008 thanks to a late Italian defeat at Hampden. 

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