Former Rangers striker Steven Naismith has been retained as a coach by Scotland manager Steve Clarke and another former Ger will reportedly soon be sounded out.

Naismith stood in for the recently appointed Austin MacPhee in September when the former Northern Ireland coach contracted Covid.

Former Rangers striker Steven Naismith has been retained by Scotland boss Steve Clarke. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

MacPhee is back available for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Israel and the Faroe Islands, but Naismith will continue for at least those fixtures as an auxiliary coach.

The 35-year-old only hung up his boots in June to take up a role as Hearts’ player development manager.

Naismith isn’t the only ex-player Clarke wants to get involved in the setup, though.

The Glasgow Times reports that he will approach a number of former Scotland internationals including Gary Caldwell, James McFadden, James Morrison and another former Ger, Kenny Miller, about getting involved initially at age-group level, with a view to possibly moving up to the senior coaching group in the future.

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Kenny Miller could be the next former Ger to be sounded out. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Miller has had several coaching roles since retiring from playing in 2020 and is currently working down under as assistant manager of A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers.

 

“Some of the age-group coaches, Brian McLaughlin, Billy Stark or Scot Gemmill, might work with them (the ex-internationals),” Clarke is quoted as saying [Glasgow Times]. “Then they get a phone call. What’s he like?”

“It might give them a pathway back into the game as well. I think it is something that we can work on, something that hopefully we can do.”

It’s an interesting idea from Clarke, who has made it clear that he’s not expecting the real benefits of such a structure to be felt until after he’s left his role.

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