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Taking Scots reins may lure Smith out of retirement, says McNamara


By Staff Reporter

Jackie McNamara says his old Scotland boss Walter Smith will be tempted to return to the role.

Former Rangers and Everton manager Smith is a potential candidate to replace Gordon Strachan following the failure to prise Michael O'Neill away from Northern Ireland, which led to the departure of Stewart Regan as chief executive.

Smith (69) retired in 2011 when he left Gers for a second time but McNamara feels the Scotland job could tempt him.

"It wouldn't surprise me," said the former Celtic player. "If you have been so involved from playing to management, it's part of your life and to stop, it's difficult.

"I worked under Walter as a player with Scotland and thought he was fantastic. He's a good choice."

Smith would be a controversial appointment given he left his role as Scotland boss midway through the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign to return to Ibrox, and because some would see it as a short-term step.

But McNamara said: "The importance of qualification is everything. I'm sure the whole nation would be happy."

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