Levein's 'experience' ideal for Scotland, says Hendry

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The Clyde manager, Colin Hendry, says that his Scottish Cup opponent Craig Levein has all the right attributes to become the next Scotland manager. Levein is on the shortlist drawn up by the Scottish Football Association this week with a view to naming Alex McLeish's successor before the end of the month.

Motherwell's Mark McGhee is also a strong contender while the Celtic coach Tommy Burns has emerged as a front-runner. Billy Davies, sacked by Derby in November, is also in the frame.

Hendry, who will pit his wits against Levein in their televised fourth-round tie at Broadwood on Saturday, revealed his admiration for the Dundee United manager. "Craig has done a marvellous job at United and has turned things round pretty quickly," he said. "I also thought he did a remarkable job when he was in England at Leicester.

"A lot of people wouldn't understand what went on behind the scenes, how wage bills had to be cut and how he had to get rid of players quickly without losing any real ground.

"I would think Craig now has a broad spectrum of knowledge and he has a good experience of what goes on in Britain and some of the players that we have playing for Scotland obviously play their club football in England. I also think it is important that we appoint someone who is youthful, which he is."

Clyde, second bottom of the Scottish First Division, last won the cup 50 years ago when they beat Hibernian 1-0 in the final.

Hendry admits he knows more about the club's more recent cup triumph, their shock 2-1 cup win over Celtic at Broadwood two years ago. He said: "There is still half a dozen players involved from that win over Celtic, so it is a big weekend for them.

"We will mention it in the pre-match talk to the boys because that game is always to the forefront of our minds. It is a bit of important history for the football club. When you walk through the door at Broadwood, there is a picture of the lads celebrating that victory. I watched that game at home with my father-in-law Davie, who is a big Celtic man, and we had a wee side bet. Of course I was getting great odds and so it cost him."

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