Gordon Strachan has said it would be "an honour" to be asked to become Scotland manager.

The former Saints boss, 55, is strong favourite to take over from Craig Levein who was sacked by the Scottish Football Association on Monday following a poor start to the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign in which Scotland have taken only two points from four games.

Strachan – who led Saints to the FA Cup final in 2003, the same year that finished eighth in the Premier League - was asked about the Scotland job while working as a pundit on ITV's Champions League programme last night.

He said: "It's quite simple really, it would be an honour to be asked to be the manager of your own national side, it's terrific.

"I could sit here and say 'yes, it would be great' or 'no, it's not for me' but it would also be arrogant of me to answer that if nobody has asked you and presume that someone will ask.

"Until you've been asked a question about a job, any job, then you really don't know how you'd go about it that's for sure. I wouldn't have the arrogance to think that someone is going to knock on my door."

Strachan spent four largely successful years at Celtic from 2005 but has been out of management since leaving Middlesbrough in October, 2010.

The former Scotland international, who played for Aberdeen, Manchester United and Leeds among others, will be at Parkhead tonight to watch Celtic's Champions League Group G match against Barcelona.