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Rangers Thompson proposes Gers boss Smith for Scotland

Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson believes the SFA are unlikely to find a better candidate for the Scotland job than his own boss, Walter Smith. Smith and Dundee United manager Craig Levein have emerged as the early favourites for the vacancy.

Graeme Souness and Mark McGhee - who were both interviewed last time - have ruled themselves out of the running and Owen Coyle has reiterated his commitment to Burnley.

Jimmy Calderwood and John Collins both want the job, while Jim Jefferies says he is flattered to be linked with the vacancy.

However, as far as Thomson is concerned, Smith is the ideal candidate.

"I think he is as good as anyone to take the job," he said.

"But I'm not the SFA board, I don't decide who gets the job. It's not my decision to push him in that direction to help the country out.

"But, if they were to pick one of the best managers around, Walter would certainly be in that category.

"He would be a huge loss to Rangers. He is a top manager and I'm sure I speak on behalf of all the punters and players when I say we wouldn't want to lose him.

"But he is at that stage in his career now where, if he fancies it, he might go for it. He might not.

"We've got him at the moment and we are quite happy. As far as we are concerned, he is the Rangers boss and we all thrive on working under him."

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