Gordon McQueen insists the SFA must appoint a Scotsman to lead the national team.
The SFA will wait until after tomorrow’s friendly in Luxembourg, with Billy Stark in caretaker charge, before formally launching their search for a replacement for Craig Levein.
Chief executive Stewart Regan has made no comment on whether the successful candidate must be Scottish but McQueen believes going outside of the country does not work.
“We went down that route before with Berti Vogts with tartan scarves and ‘I love haggis and whisky’. What an imposter and that showed with results.”
McQueen is backing his close friend and former Leeds, Manchester United and Scotland team-mate Joe Jordan, but he admitted he was biased.
“It looks to me as if Gordon Strachan might be favourite,” McQueen added. “He is certainly getting a lot of good publicity. You have to please the media and the Tartan Army. I think Joe would tick the boxes on both counts but so would Gordon so we’ll see.”
McQueen, who was in Glasgow on Sunday to be inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame, added: “We’re not going to qualify for the World Cup now, no chance.
“But we have Luxembourg, Estonia then Wales so there is a chance for the next Scotland manager to get off to a fantastic start.
“They are opening up the qualification places for the European Championships so why can’t we qualify again?”
Jordan has already admitted he would like the job and he agrees with McQueen that Levein’s successor should be a Scot.
“There are a lot of people who qualify for the job, and a lot of them are Scottish people,” said Jordan, who scored at three World Cup finals.
“It’s important that they pick a Scotsman. They have tried to bring someone in from outside before and I don’t think it works.”