Date: 19th April 2019 at 8:20am
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Shaun Maloney has been linked with the vacant Scotland manager’s job!

The former Celtic forward had a season working with the hoops reserve squad before joining Roberto Martinez with the Belgium national squad.

With an in-depth knowledge of Scottish football it’s highly unlikely that Maloney will give up working with the World Cup semi-finalists for a blazer and committee meetings with Alan McRae, Rod Petrie and Ian Maxwell.

Gareth Southgate’s success with England has put the spotlight on younger international manager’s with the departure of McLeish forcing the SFA to think in that direction.

The Sun reports

Steve Clarke, Derek McInnes and Jack Ross are serious contenders.

SunSport also understands ex-Celtic and Scotland star Shaun Maloney could emerge as a shock candidate.

But SFA chiefs will not be rushed into an appointment so close to the end of the season.

They want to hold off and wait until managers are more likely to be interested, available and affordable — given they are strapped for cash.

With a home match against Cyprus coming up on June 8 the SFA are under pressure to bring in a decent name to avoid the embarrassment of a crowd of just over 10,000 inside Hampden.

However a trip to face Maloney’s Belgium four days later is likely to deter most candidates with Mackay or Gemmill likely to take over on a caretaker basis with the June squad likely to be decimated by call offs.