Rangers boss Ally McCoist has expressed his sympathy for Craig Levein who is expected to discover early next week whether he will remain as Scotland manager.
Levein's job is under threat after a poor start to the World Cup qualifying campaign which has left Scotland bottom of their group with two points from four matches.
And McCoist believes it is unfair how the former Hearts manager is being treated with the uncertainty of not knowing whether he will still be in a job on Monday.
He said: "I've known Craig for a long, long time. We played against each other on numerous occasions.
"We obviously talk, if not on a regular basis, but we certainly talk in terms of international games and players and things like that.
"The one thing that managers do have is they have a bond in the respect that we are aware of each other's positions and how frail and uncomfortable they can be at times.
"So of course I sympathise."
The former Scotland defender has only won three of his 12 competitive matches in charge.