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Gers boss no plans for Scots job

Rangers manager Walter Smith
Smith took over from Berti Vogts as Scotland manager in 2004

Rangers boss Walter Smith will not be replacing George Burley as the next manager of the Scottish national team.

BBC Scotland has learned that Smith, 61, would not be interested in a return to the role he held from 2004 to 2007 before he left to return to Ibrox.

Smith's current deal at Rangers runs out in January and he has indicated that he would work without a contract for the debt-ridden Scottish champions.

Dundee United manager Craig Levein is the favourite to succeed Burley.

Smith was asked about a possible return to Hampden as manager in September, after Scotland's failed bid to reach the World Cup play-offs.

But at the time he said: "When you've been in a job, it takes something special for you to come back and do it a second time.

"I did it at Rangers, and I wouldn't see myself doing it again."

The vastly experienced manager took over from Berti Vogts' disastrous reign as Scotland manager in December 2004 and succeeded in improving the team's standings in the Fifa rankings, though qualification for the 2006 World Cup eluded him.

Smith's finest moment in charge came in the Euro 2008 qualifiers when a Gary Caldwell goal gave Scotland a 1-0 win over France in October 2006 at a jubilant Hampden.

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