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SCOTLAND JOB: ‘OPTIONS ARE OPEN,’ ADMITS TOP BOSS CLARKE

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KILMARNOCK boss Steve Clarke picked up the PFA Manager of the Year award at a ceremony in Glasgow last night.

And the Rugby Park gaffer again repeated that he would like to become Scotland international chief one day and he “would not rule anything out at the moment”.

The impressive 55-year-old emerged as one of the early favourites to take over from the axed Alex McLeish following a successful season with the Ayrshire outfit who are third in the Premiership with two matches to go.

Former West Brom boss Clarke, speaking to Sky Sports, admitted: “I wouldn’t rule anything out at the moment.

“I’ve said that to Billy (Bowie, Kilmarnock owner). We’ve spoken about it, but at the moment I’m very, very happy at Kilmarnock and loving the job and it would take a really good offer and something special to take me away.

“I think obviously you would be flattered to get linked with being manager of your country.

“There are not too many people from Scotland who would turn round and say I don’t want to be manager of my country in whatever sport.

“It’s something I’ve spoken about before, it can happen in the future. I know they’re looking for a manager just now, but we’ve got two massive games at Kilmarnock coming up.”

Asked if he anticipated being at Rugby Park in the new campaign, Clarke answered: “Yes, very possible, all options are open at the moment.

“I’ve had some good honest chats with Billy who’s a fantastic owner and a great man who’s done great for Kilmarnock.”

The Killie gaffer was immediately linked with the international post when McLeish got the axe only 14 months into the job.

The much-travelled manager, 60, had seen his nation lose seven and win five of his 12 games during his brief tenure.

The SFA have said they are still working on a replacement with Euro 2020 qualifiers coming up next month against Cyprus and Belgium.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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