With a single point in Scotland’s last two World Cup 2018 qualifiers, Scotland boss Gordon Strachan finds himself under severe pressure.
There’s speculation of a Scottish sacking on the horizon, Paddy Power have Strachan ODDS ON at 2/5 to be removed from his post before the end of 2016.
Last night’s shambolic display in the 3-0 away defeat to Slovakia may force the SFA to swing the axe on Strachan’s reign.
If the Tartan rug is pulled from under Strachan, could one of Scotland’s famous son’s (no not a bare-arsed Mel Gibson) in the form of Sir Alex Ferguson be convinced to perform one last hoorah with his beloved country?
The odds may surprise you!
Strachan was already under the managerial microscope following the Scots spectacular collapse towards the end of Euro 2016 qualifying heading into this World Cup campaign.
The Scots, who haven’t appeared at football’s greatest show since 1998, were drawn into a relatively easy qualifying group for Russia 2018 along with old enemies England – but it hasn’t started well.
They took an expected 5-1 win away at minnows Malta, but it’s all fallen apart this week after they laboured to a late home draw with Lithuania and were blown away by Slovakia.
Even if Strachan clings onto his job, a loss to England away at Wembley next month would probably bring an end to his three-year spell in charge of his national side.
Surprisingly, Sir Alex Ferguson finds himself well inside the top 10 of candidates to replace Strachan should he be banished to the Highlands.
The 74-year-old is to return to the helm of his country, who he led to the 1986 World Cup after the death of the legendary Jock Stein.
Fergie has often been quoted as saying the England manager’s job is “impossible” and maybe, just maybe he could be tempted to have a crack at the country he ridiculed so frequently while he was in charge of Manchester United.
Fergie is not the favourite to be enjoying Irn-Bru and deep-fried Mars bars next however, that honour goes to former Aston Villa and Norwich boss Paul Lambert at .
Other names on the ‘low road’ to being the next Scotland manager include embattled Sunderland manager David Moyes at , his old Everton assistant Alan Irvine who’s or even on iconic striker Joe Jordan.
However, an intriguing outside shout may come in the form of former Rangers supremo and Scottish captain Ally McCoist at . He led the Ibrox club with distinction during the worst period in the club’s history and could well be the man to take control of the county he was capped 61 times for.
Asking about the current situation in Scotland spokesman Paddy Power said: “Strachan has Scot to go this year!
“Especially if Scotland get a drubbing at the hands of England in November, they’ll definitely be saying Tar-tartan to Strachan.”