Colin Montgomerie says he would consider being vice-captain for the European team in next year's Ryder Cup.
Montgomerie has never lost in Ryder Cup singles matches
Captain Nick Faldo is looking to replace Paul McGinley, who quit the role last week.
Montgomerie said: "I'd be delighted to help the cause in any way. As a playing vice-captain? Could be."
But the Scot questioned Faldo's approach to the appointment, telling BBC 5live that the decision should be made a month before the event.
He explained: "The best vice-captain position we've ever had was when Bernhard Langer selected Thomas Bjorn a month before the 2004 event when Thomas unfortunately failed to qualify for the team.
"I would have a look at who hasn't qualified and any experienced Ryder Cup players I would take with me at that stage - a month before the event.
"The vice-captains, to be honest, are just names at this stage. There's nothing much going on right now. That's what I would do but of course Nick's a different animal."
Montgomerie, who is an eight times winner of the European Order of Merit, has been tipped as the European captain for the 2010 event at Celtic Manor.
The 44-year-old Scotsman is an obvious candidate, having won 23½ points in his eight matches - a record bettered only by Faldo himself.
Faldo captained a Great Britain and Ireland team containing Montgomerie to a 16½-11½ against Continental Europe in the recent Seve Trophy in Ireland.
"He was as I expected Nick to be," said Montgomerie. "He had everything worked out."