Rangers icon Walter Smith has taken his name out of the running to be the next Scotland manager, according to a report.
According to Clyde 1 programme Superscoreboard’s official Twitter account, the most successful Rangers manager of the modern era has “decided against” replacing Gordan Strachan for a second spell in charge of the national team.
Walter Smith no longer in the running to become next Scotland manager.
The 69-year-old held talks with SFA but has decided against returning to the Scotland setup.
— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) February 9, 2018
Smith left Rangers seven years ago as manager and has been out of front-line management since although the hugely respected 69-year-old wouldn’t likely have had much problem getting back into the swing of things.
The nine-in-a-row legend was in charge of Scotland for just over two years after the disastrous reign of Berti Vogts and famously secured a Hampden win over France in Euro 2008 qualifying.
The Scots have been looking for a new manager following Strachan’s resignation after the failed World Cup qualifying campaign.
The last time Scotland qualified for a major tournament was the 1998 World Cup in France with the Tartan Army left kicking their heels at home every two years watching on TV.
With the Scottish FA currently lacking a chief executive after the resignation of Stewart Regan – and his interim replacement – Smith’s decision to walk away from talks over taking the reins at Hampden doesn’t come as a huge surprise.
Malky Mackay, Gary Caldwell and John Hughes have all publicly stated their ambition to replace Strachan in charge.
In other Rangers news, it can be revealed that a key first teamer has sensationally asked to leave after the board failed to stick to their promise of giving him a new deal during the transfer window.