Scotland manager Alex McLeish is on the brink of being sacked, according to a report, and Kilmarnock’s board will surely be panicking at the prospect of losing Steve Clarke as a result.

According to the Daily Record, McLeish’s time as Scotland manager will soon be brought to an end after the shambolic Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kazakhstan and San Marino.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Alex McLeish, Manager of Scotland gives his team instructions during the UEFA Nations League C group one match between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park on November 20, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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Clarke would be an obvious candidate given the work he has done at Rugby Park and that won’t be good news for Killie.

The former Chelsea and Liverpool coach has done an incredible job at turning Kilmarnock around from perennial mid-table fodder to competing at the top end of the table.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke looks on during the Scottish Cup 5th Round Replay between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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There isn’t likely to be a long list of candidates for the role – think Gordon Strachan, Malky Mackay and some random European boss – so Clarke would be a popular pick,

Clarke had previously been linked with replacing Brendan Rodgers at Celtic but ruled himself out – although the national team job could be a different proposition for him.

With Scotland at their lowest ebb since Berti Vogts was in charge, they need someone who can come in and galvanise the squad and get more out of them than the sum of their parts.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 27: Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke looks on during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Kilmarnock and Hamilton at Rugby Park on October 27, 2018 in Kilmarnock, United Kingdom.

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Clarke’s already shown he can do that at Kilmarnock and it will have caught the attention of the Scottish FA bosses at Hampden.

If he does leave Rugby Park though, Kilmarnock will have a massive job on their hands replacing their most successful manager in years.

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