The Scottish Football Association has been granted permission to talk to Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill regarding its' vacant manager's position, Press Association Sport understands.
The contract will nearly certainly include a bonus for ending Scotland's major finals wait, which stretches back to 1998.
O'Neill has been the SFA's first choice to succeed Gordon Strachan since October, when it was confirmed back-to-back failed qualification campaigns would trigger dugout change. O'Neill's current employers insisted the Scots meet certain terms - relating crucially and financially to the notice period within his contract - before they could speak to the 48-year-old.
Scotland are expected to make O'Neill an offer to become the highest paid manager in their global history, with a four-year contract likely to be on the table.
O'Neill has been offered a four-year extension to the two years left on his Northern Ireland contract, and wants his future resolved by the end of January.
Michael O’Neill’s impressive job with Northern Ireland has attracted the interest of Scotland
The former Shamrock Rovers manager will need to be convinced by the SFA of the switch being beneficial to his career.
Sunderland failed with overtures towards O'Neill and his immediate future now looks to be on the global stage but he has stressed a desire to see the matter resolved in the near future.
Neither Northern Ireland nor Scotland have a competitive fixture until Uefa's Nations League kicks off in September.
Edinburgh-based O'Neill guided Northern Ireland to the Euro 2016 finals and only missed out on qualification for the World Cup Finals in Russian Federation following a controversial penalty decision which gave Switzerland the edge in a tense play-off over two legs.