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Last Updated: Monday, 12 November 2007, 15:45 GMT
Scots eye summer England fixture
Gordon Smith hopes for a win worthy of the Scottish football hall of fame
Gordon Smith is hoping for a great eight days in Scottish sport
Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith will look to resurrect a fixture against England should both miss out on Euro 2008.

"It would be great to have it, even if it was on a biannual basis," he said. "It's something that we would look at.

"But we are not contemplating not qualifying just yet.

"Scotland won the Commonwealth Games on Friday and, if we beat Italy, it could be one of the best eight days in Scottish sport."

Winning the race to host the 2014 event led to much celebrating around the country and could be followed by more rejoicing on Saturday.

Scotland sit second in Group B behind France and a victory at Hampden would ensure that Alex McLeish's side will play in Austria and Switzerland next summer.

"We understand there will be money to be made from the tournament, but that is secondary to us," Smith told BBC Sport.

Regardless of whether Alex qualifies at the weekend or not, we would hopefully be able to keep Alex in the job for a longer period

SFA chief executive Gordon Smith

"Of first and foremost importance here is to qualify for the nation, the team, this set of players, the management.

"They've all done a marvellous job and we've all enjoyed it.

"Patriotism is high on the agenda and we just want to be there for what it means to everybody.

"It would be a marvellous fillip for the whole nation if we get through."

McLeish has been linked with managerial vacancies in the Premiership - Bolton and Wigan - in recent weeks and has admitted that he would like to return to club management in the future.

But Smith is hopeful of holding on to the former Hibernian, Motherwell and Rangers boss, who took charge midway through the campaign after Walter Smith returned to Ibrox.

"Walter Smith turned everything around when he came in and it was sad to lose Walter from the Scottish team," said the chief executive.

"But Alex has been a marvellous successor to him and the team are going so well that we'd obviously want to keep him.

"It's something that we will have discussions on after the weekend.

"But, regardless of whether Alex qualifies at the weekend or not, it's been a brilliant campaign and we would hopefully be able to keep Alex in the job for a longer period.

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"At the moment, Alex is under contract until after the World Cup. So, hopefully, at the very least, he's going to see that through.

"It's a consequence of the success that he's had as a manager that teams are looking at him.

"There will be job opportunities, but that only happens because he's been doing really well and we're all really thankful that he's been doing really well when he's under this kind of pressure."

Smith repeated his desire for a return to the Home Internationals, involving England, Northern Ireland and Wales. "There's a lot of work to be done, but we've discussed it," he said.

"The big problem you get with it is dates - whether any of the TV stations would want it is another question.

"But the main thing about it is we'd like to return to having games against home international nations, especially the Scotland-England game, which I think has been missed by the Scottish people."

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