Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke is set to leave Rugby Park and replace Alex McLeish as Scotland manager – according to a report.

The Evening Times claims that “barring any hitches” Clarke will take charge of the national team after a stunning job at Rugby Park.

4th May 2019, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Heart of Midlothian versus Kilmarnock; Steve Clarke Kilmarnock Manager give out instructions to Youssouf Mulumbu of Kilmarnock

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The former Chelsea and Liverpool assistant manager was named Scottish Football Writer’s Manager of the Year last season and has been shortlisted for the award again this year after taking Killie to the brink of the Europa League.

The Rugby Park side face Rangers this weekend knowing that could overhaul Aberdeen and snatch third in the league.

4th May 2019, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Heart of Midlothian versus Kilmarnock; Steve Clarke Kilmarnock Manager gives out instructions rom the touchline

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Since arriving at Rugby Park, Clarke has had Killie performing way beyond expectations with the Ayrshire side doing particularly well against the Old Firm.

Alex McLeish was sacked as Scotland boss last month after a woeful start to qualifying for Euro 2020 saw the Scots lose to Kazakhstan before scraping past San Marino.

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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Clarke, Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes and Scotland under-21 boss Scot Gemmill have all been named as possible candidates but it appears the Killie boss has pipped them.

Whoever does take the reins of the national team will face a massive task to qualify for Scotland’s first major tournament since 1998 with Belgium, Cyprus and Russia also in the Tartan Army’s qualification group.