Hibs star reckons Scot Gemmill can be Scotland’s Gareth Southgate

Stevie Mallan believes the SFA should take a leaf out of England’s book and appoint Scot Gemmill as Alex McLeish’s successor.

Saturday, 20th April 2019, 6:30 am
Updated Saturday, 20th April 2019, 10:54 am
Scotland Under-21 boss Scot Gemmill has established a solid reputation

The Hibs midfielder has played under Gemmill for Scotland Under-21s and, he insisted, he could do as good a job as England coach Gareth Southgate who was promoted to the top job after impressing at that age level and got the Three Lions to the World Cup semi-final last summer in Russia.

Gemmill has been involved in coaching young Scottish teams for the past five years and Mallan said: “He knows all the boys well. A lot have come through the 21s and made that step. He will bring a freshness to the squad.

“I have worked with him on numerous occasions and he knows the game inside out. He’s had a lot of really good results against top countries, like beating Holland a few times which wasn’t expected.”

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Could he be Scotland’s Southgate? “I don’t see why not,” claimed Mallan. “A lot of people might have written off Southgate but when he went in he did a really good job. Why can’t Scot do it?

“He knows the boys and if they promote from within, he’s probably the No.1