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Mallan backs Mackay and Gemmill to fill Scotland void for June Euro qualifiers


STEVIE MALLAN jokes about how you can hear Malky Mackay’s voice a mile away.

But he’s deadly serious when he claims teaming him with Scot Gemmill to lead the national side would be something to shout about.

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Mallan likes the idea of Mackay and Gemmill stepping in as interim gaffers

SunSport revealed how the SFA are weighing up asking their performance director and Under-21 boss to step into the void created by Alex McLeish’s sacking.

Hibs midfielder Mallan has seen how the pair work while playing for Gemmill’s age-level group.

And he’s sure it would be the best way to go into June’s Euro qualifiers with Cyprus and Belgium.

He said: “There’s a good relationship between Malky and Scot. They’ve always been close whenever I’ve been away with a team.

“Malky is probably the more authoritative speaker.

“Wherever you are on the park you can hear him a mile off — he’s got a very distinctive voice!

“I think they’d be good together. Scot is maybe more tactical and speaks to the boys on the pitch while Malky oversees things.

“He comes in and out and lets Scot do his thing.

“Whether the roles would change with the first team, I don’t know. But whenever I’ve worked with them they have always been good.

 Mallan has worked with Gemmill in his age-level group

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Mallan has worked with Gemmill in his age-level group

“Scot knows all the boys in the senior side well.

“A lot have come through the 21s and made that step up. He’ll bring a freshness to the squad.

“He’s a really good coach and played for a number of years as well.

“I’m not surprised his name was mentioned. He’s had a lot of good results against top countries, like beating Holland a few times when it wasn’t expected.

“We had a small group and he worked wonders  with us. Can he do for Scotland what Gareth Southgate has for England?

“I really don’t see why not.

“A lot of people might have written off Southgate but when he went in there 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 candidate.

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“He is a lot like Paul  Heckingbottom at Hibs.

“Scot’s really in-depth and has a philosophy on how he wants to play.

“When I worked with him we did a lot of work on the training pitch.

“He looks at how we play against top countries and the lesser countries as well.

“As the game changes, he can adapt. With the 21s, the players change every camp and he has to work with new ones.

 Mackay and Gemmill could team up to fill void left by McLeish for June clashes

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Mackay and Gemmill could team up to fill void left by McLeish for June clashes

“He brings in fresh guys and manages to get good results, so I’m sure he could do it with the main team.”

If Rangers fail to beat Hearts, Celtic will be able to clinch Eight in a Row with a win on Sunday.

Mallan is eager to spoil the party — and believes fifth-placed Hibs can catch at least one of Aberdeen and Kilmarnock to finish fourth.

They would need to claw back a six-point gap, but Mallan insists nobody thought the Easter Road side would even make the top six when Heckingbottom replaced Neil Lennon in February.

He added: “I don’t see why we can’t get into the top four.

“It is going to be tough but a lot of people wrote us off getting into the top six.

“Maybe we can shut up a few more people.

“We’re still six points away with five games to play, so if we do make that top four it will be momentous.

“Playing against the best teams makes it harder, but the belief is there with the run we’ve been on.

“It’s a different pressure. When we had that dip in form, the pressure was to make the top six.

“Hopefully we can start  on a high. A win against Celtic would encourage the boys even more.”

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