ALLY McCOIST has revealed he would be delighted to talk to the SFA about becoming the new Scotland boss.

The former Rangers striker, who scored 19 goals in 61 international appearances from 1986 to 98, admitted he would jump at the chance to take over from Gordon Strachan.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill rocked Scottish bosses when he knocked back the job and chief executive Stewart Regan left his post on Thursday.

McCoist, 55, who has been out of football since his contract was terminated as Ibrox gaffer in September 2015, said: “Any Scotsman would want the Scotland job.

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“If I was given the opportunity, I would absolutely speak to the SFA.

“Any Scotsman in their right mind would like to manage the Scotland team.

“Michael O’Neill is clearly a very proud Northern Irishman and is delighted where he is.

“Obviously, Stewart Regan, in particular, has been criticised all over the place.

“But I don’t think it is a crime to go for a manager and then the man says no.

“My argument might have been they should have interviewed seven or eight candidates, made the job open to more people and then made up their mind.

“The most important thing now is that no panic button is pressed because someone has said no.

“They must now continue to look for the right man.”

Meanwhile the man whose ear McCoist whispered sweets nothings into has given a remarkable interview on a Celtic supporters’ podcast.

Neil Lennon, whose Hibs side won at Ibrox on Saturday, was speaking to the CQN Podcast – A Celtic State of Mind. Lennon has also been mentioned as a contender for the vacant Scotland manager’s job.

It’s a revealing listen and the link is below…


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