Scotland job still has appeal, says Scott Brown

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Scotland midfielder Scott Brown believes there will be plenty of interest in the vacant manager’s post.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has been given permission to hold talks with the Scottish Football Association.

And Brown believes there will be other good candidates if no deal can be struck after Scotland went unbeaten in their final six World Cup qualifiers under Gordon Strachan.

The Celtic captain said: “He’s in line for a few jobs and he’s done really well. We will wait and see what happens. There’s loads of candidates, it’s a good job to take. There’s a great chance for the lads and us to get to the Euros, so there will be a manager hoping they can do that.”

Brown ended up being one of caretaker manager Malky Mackay’s coaching assistants for the recent friendly against Holland after being ruled out by injury late on.

He said: “The quicker you get someone in, the better it is for Scotland. It takes that little bit of pressure off whoever comes in if you have one or two games. Malky came in and did a fantastic job against Holland, so he is always there as well.

“You have to have respect for whoever comes in.You want the lads to turn up as well. Under Gordon, all the lads would turn up week in, week out. There wasn’t a lot of pull-outs and that was huge for the whole campaign. If we had got a bit of luck as well, we could have been at this World Cup.”