European Championship winner Ruud Gullit thinks compatriot Dick Advocaat would be a good fit for the Scotland job.
Ex-Aberdeen defender Alex McLeish left the post last month after a poor start to Euro 2020 qualifying and there have been reports linking former Rangers boss Advocaat to the Hampden hotseat.
Former world player of the year Gullit, 56, who was in the Granite City at Cove Rangers’ annual fundraising dinner and captained his country to the 1988 Euros crown, thinks the SFA would do well to appoint the man who bossed him with Holland.
Gullit, who also skippered the Dutch to a 1-0 victory against the Dark Blues at Euro 92 in Sweden, told Cove’s website: “Dick is a wonderful guy and a very good motivator as well. I was the coach with him for the national team, I like him very much.”
The ex-AC Milan and Chelsea midfielder was with Advocaat at Pittodrie when the Scots played the Dutch in a friendly in 2017 – another 1-0 Holland win.
He added: “Even though we won it was difficult.
“Scotland have good players, there is something to work with there.”
Despite recognising the potential in the Scotland ranks in the present day, Gullit truly admired the Scottish domestic scene in the 1980s and 90s.
He said: “Scottish football was at its pinnacle at that time.
“You had a lot of players at the top clubs in England and your own league was very strong.”
He labelled Dutch heroes who graced the Pittodrie pitch for Aberdeen – Theo Snelders, Hans Gillhaus and Willem van der Ark – as “great players”.
Gullit also described his hosts’ SPFL play-off campaign as “bizarre”.
Cove will this weekend welcome Lowland League champions East Kilbride for the second leg of their semi-final at the Balmoral Stadium.
The winner will play the SPFL’s bottom side, Berwick Rangers, for the right to play in the Scottish Leagues.
However, Gullit said: “I heard that Cove had won their league but then there is this strange play-off system.
“Any side that wins their league should be going immediately up to the next level. I understand the reasons for having the first play-off (between the Highland and Lowland champions) but there should not be one after that.
“The side who finish bottom of a league should not get another opportunity, there must be a reward for the side that has shown ambition.”
The Dutch also have a pyramid system in place and changed their rules in 2009 to ensure the semi-professional side who win what is effectively their third division automatically replaces the team who finished last in the second.
Gullit added: “That’s the fair way to do it.”