Peter Houston favourite to become Falkirk manager

Peter Houston is currently employed as a scout by Celtic and his last managerial job was at Dundee United
Peter Houston is currently employed as a scout by Celtic and his last managerial job was at Dundee United

Peter Houston is the clear favourite to replace Gary Holt as Falkirk’s manager with interviews expected to begin tomorrow as a shortlist is drawn up.

Names may still be added over the weekend with applications closing on Monday, and interviews are hoped to be completed within a week.

They will include the man the Bairns fans call the ‘Ginger God’.

Houston ruled himself out of the running when the post became available following Steven Pressley’s move to Coventry a year ago but he is now understood to be open on a return to management with the club he represented 212 times in two stints at Brockville.

Houston is currently senior scout for managerless Celtic and is believed to have been sounded out over the vacancy created by Holt’s surprise

return to Norwich City on Monday, as early as last week.

The Bairns are deviating from the club policy of bringing through young rookie managers and are seeking an experienced head to steer the club through the SPFL Championship which will include Hearts, Hibs and Rangers next season.

Houston would fit the bill and the timescale would also suit with chairman Martin Ritchie keen to have a new man in place as quickly as possible ahead of pre-season starting on June 26.

Bookmakers saw the odds shorten quickly on the former Dundee United boss and Hearts caretaker within hours of a market opening on Monday from 6/1 to 7/4. More money on the former Bairns and East Stirlingshire player saw those odds tumble again to even-money favourite on Tuesday night

The market was closed on Wednesday following news in the morning papers of Colin Cameron’s interest in the position. He was one of the shiortlisted candidates when Holt landed the job, and is again among the possible candidates, but not currently a front-runner.

Paul Petrie from McBookie.com told Heraldsport: “There have been a lot of small bets on Gary Locke, but the main money over the week has been on Peter Houston.”

Applications have been streaming in to The Falkirk Stadium since Holt made the switch back to East Anglia to become Neil Adams’ number two at Carrow Road.

Gus Macpherson, Gary Locke and former Bairns boss Ian McCall are others believed to have an interest in the vacancy, with Bobby Williamson also linked.