Strachan Odds-on for Scotland

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: November 6 2012, 13:13 GMT

Gordon Strachan has gone odds-on across the board to become Scotland's next manager.

Gordon Strachan: Being backed in for Scotland job

Scottish specialists McBookie had held firm at 2/1 on Tuesday morning about the former Celtic boss succeeding Craig Levein but by 1300 GMT they were into a standout 8/11. Stan James were offering just 1/4 after a run of money throughout the industry.

McBookie spokesman Paul Petrie said: "If the betting is to be believed then Gordon Strachan will be the next Scotland manager. It seems he has the support of the fans and the media, so would be a popular appointment."

If Strachan does get the job then McBookie make it a 2/1 shot that Scotland will qualify for Euro 2016 in France. The European Championship will see 24 teams compete in four years' time.

Petrie added: "With the expansion of the European Championships to 24 teams it should give us a better chance of qualifying. However, sadly, we are still odds against and the new man has a big job on his hands. Hopefully Strachan - or whoever it is - can deliver."

Alex McLeish remained the second favourite but he had drifted to a best of 16/1 (bet365) having appeared to rule himself out.

He told talkSPORT: "I left the national team to take up club football, I felt I was missing the day-to-day stuff.

"I'm still of that mind. I wouldn't like to be unfair to the Scotland fans in terms of coming back to the job.

"A lot of people would maybe think I was a hypocrite."

The Scots took just two points from their opening four World Cup qualifiers under Levein, a run which prompted the change.

They are currently 100/1 to qualify for Brazil in 2014 with McBookie and William Hill.

Strachan has been out of work since an ill-fated spell at Middlesbrough ended in 2010.