FORMER Scotland midfielder Gary Holt insists the Scottish FA should look no further than Steve Clarke to succeed Alex McLeish, insisting the Hampden hot-seat is a natural progression for the Kilmarnock boss.
The Livingston head coach has been dazzled by the work done by Clarke since his arrival in Ayrshire in October 2017, both as a fellow professional and an avid supporter of the Rugby Park outfit.
Holt, a Scottish Cup winner a player with Killie in 1997, reckons it is a no-brainer that Clarke should be named the top boss in the country when awards season comes around.
And he cannot see beyond Clarke as the man to revive Scotland’s fortunes at international level.
Holt said: “Stevie Clarke gets my vote for manager of the year, that’s a silly question. It helps that he is the manager of the team I support!
“He has built on what he achieved last year and has had a nucleus of players he has been able to keep and build on.
“I believe he should be the Scotland manager, let alone manager of the year. I hope he does get it because it is something you work towards.
“For Stevie to have done as well as he has, and have the career he has, I’d like to think he sees that as the next step. I would be clamouring for him to be the next national manager.”