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Scotland urged to contact Levein

Dundee United manager Craig Levein
Levein has been reluctant to discuss speculation linking him with Scotland

Barry Robson believes Scotland should speak to Craig Levein about the vacant manager's post before others start courting the Dundee United boss.

Midfielder Robson, who has won seven caps for Scotland, played for Levein at Tannadice before his £1m switch to Celtic in January 2008.

"I always thought Craig Levein would be a top, top manager," said Robson. "He would be great for Scotland,

"But I have a sneaky feeling a top English club will come in for him."

Levein has been installed as the bookmakers' favourite to replace George Burley, who was sacked last month.

However, he has been reluctant to declare his interest in the job and, at 45, may harbour further ambitions at club level.

Levein, formerly in charge at Cowdenbeath, Hearts, Leicester and Raith Rovers, has also been a fierce critic of the Scottish Football Association.

Asked about the speculation linking him to the Scotland post last month, Levein told BBC Scotland that it would be "really disrespectful" to United to even discuss the possibility of taking a job that he had not been offered.


However, he did add: "I think it's an honour for anyone who's patriotic to lead their country. That's evident."

When quizzed again by BBC Scotland on Thursday, Levein replied: "We're going over old ground and I'm not prepared to talk about anything.

"You can try asking me over and over again but you are just wasting your time."

Robson developed into a match-winner for United under Levein's guidance and has gone on to become a regular member of the Scotland squad.

"I've worked with a few good managers in my time and he is up there with all of them," added the 31-year-old. "The job he has done at Dundee United is incredible.

"He has an aura about him, he's bright on the game and he's a nice man as well.

"He will look after you if you do the business for him and players appreciate that so it would be great for Scotland if we could get him."

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