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Graeme Souness backs Joe Jordan for Scotland job as he rules himself out

Graeme Souness has ruled himself out of the running for the Scotland job and has thrown his backing behind Joe Jordan instead.

The Scottish Football Association has begun the search for a new national team boss following the sacking of Craig Levein.

Souness was previously on a four-man shortlist for the position when Levein's predecessor George Burley was appointed to the role.

But the former Rangers manager says he has no interest in the job this time around.

Asked if he would be open to an approach from the SFA, Souness said: "No, it's not for me.

"I'm older, not necessarily wiser, but I'm certainly older and I just feel it's not for me at this time.

"It's not something I would consider."

Speaking at a Hall of Fame event at Hampden today, Souness made it clear who he believes is the outstanding candidate.

He said: "I think your man is Joe Jordan. He would be my choice if I was making the decision.

"He's an obvious candidate. Everyone knows the passion that Joe showed when he was a player.

"He would be perfect. He fits the bill.

"He's knowledgeable; he has worked at the highest level, played at the highest level and is extremely passionate.

"He's your man."

Gordon Strachan quickly emerged as the bookmakers' favourite to replace Levein.

Souness added: "He's another real genuine candidate. In fact, him and Joe would be the outstanding candidates."