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.
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