Naismith issues Smith backing

08 February 2018 04:03:19 EST

Hearts striker Steven Naismith believes Walter Smith is the best candidate to take over the Scotland job following the departure of Gordon Strachan.

The SFA are taking their time to appoint a replacement for Strachan, who was unable to end the Scots' wait for tournament football which stretches back to 1998.

Naismith, who won the Scottish Premiership three times under Smith during their spell together at Rangers, believes that the former Everton boss is the right man to take up the role for a second time in his career.

He said: "From personal experience, he is a fantastic man-manager, probably the best I have ever worked with in that regard.

"I have not heard many players saying anything bad about him, even if they were not playing. They respect him. He is the type of manager who, when he walks into a room, he has got that presence.

"He has been there and done it, he knows what it is about. If he is in the running, I think it would be a good choice for the SFA."

Meanwhile at the 2018 World Cup, Germany are 9/2 to retain their title, while fellow contenders Brazil are 4/1 to lift the trophy in Russia.

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