JAMIE Redknapp reckons next month's meeting between with Scotland at Wembley will make or break Gareth Southgate's hopes of landing the England manager's job on a permanent basis.

The Sky Sports pundit, in St Andrews yesterday as he competes in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, feels his old England team-mate should be allowed to continue in the post after stepping up from Under-21 coach on a caretaker basis following the departure of Sam Allardyce in the wake of a newspaper sting.

But while England tackle Malta and Slovenia next week, at the same time as Scotland are facing Lithuania and Slovakia, Redknapp reckons Southgate's appointment won't be rubber stamped until he has successfully delivered a positive result against Scotland.

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"It’s going to be a big game, a really important game," said Redknapp. "I will be surprised if Gareth has got the job full-time by then. It’s the sort of one that, if you win it, that can really help his cause. If you lose it, well, if you lose any derby match, it always puts pressure on the manager. It’s a tough one for him."

Redknapp, present at Celtic Park for the last meeting between the two teams, England's 3-1 win in a 'friendly' in November 2014, feels that Gordon Strachan's side's best chance of success in Wembley is to take a page from the playbook of Brendan Rodgers, whose Celtic side deployed a high-energy pressing which threw Manchester City out of their stride in the Champions League recently.

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"I was at the friendly game at Celtic Park and they [Scotland] never got going," said Redknapp. "That was what surprised me that night, how passive Scotland were. I think it’s really important to be like Celtic were against Man City. They made life uncomfortable for City. So Scotland need to make the game uncomfortable for England. If you sit off the good players England have, that’s asking for trouble."

A year on from Rodgers' sacking from his former club Liverpool, Redknapp is delighted to see the Celtic manager has hit the ground running at Parkhead. “It is no surprise how well he is doing at Celtic," said Redknapp.

"I am a big fan. I got to know him before he got the job up here. I remember playing golf with him and, I don’t know how it worked out and I’m not taking credit, but Dermot Desmond was there. I don’t know whether they had a meeting but Dermot was obviously impressed with him. I like his style of football and he was a little bit unfortunate at Liverpool. It didn’t work out but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a great manager. Celtic have struck gold with him."