Jordan has the passion to take Scotland forward says Souness

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Graeme Souness has hailed Joe Jordan as the “perfect” candidate to become Scotland’s next manager.

The Scottish Football Association began the search for a new national team boss after sacking Craig Levein on November 5.

Souness, who ruled himself out of the running, also believes Gordon Strachan has the credentials for the job, but says he would opt for Jordan.

Jordan has managed Bristol City, Hearts and Stoke and most recently worked as first-team coach under Harry Redknapp at Tottenham.

Souness said: “I think your man is Joe Jordan. He would be my choice if I was making the decision. He’s an obvious candidate. Everyone knows the passion that Joe showed when he was a player. He would be perfect. He fits the bill.

“He’s knowledgeable, he has worked at the highest level, played at the highest level and is extremely passionate. He’s your man.

“Joe would obviously do things differently; whoever gets the job will do it differently.

“He has vast experience at international level and has operated in the highest league down in England for the last 10 years, working with good people.

“He’s extremely knowledgeable and he’s an intelligent football man.”

Strachan was quickly installed as the bookmakers’ favourite for the role and Souness added: “He’s another real genuine candidate. In fact, him and Joe would be the outstanding candidates.”

However, there is no chance of the former Liverpool and Rangers boss throwing his own hat into the ring.

Levein was sacked following a poor start to the World Cup qualifying campaign, which left Scotland bottom of the group without a win after four matches.