Motherwell chief executive Alan Burrows has echoed the growing chorus backing Leeann Dempster for the vacant position at the SFA.

Dempster, who was chief executive at Motherwell before moving to Easter Road, has been widely lauded as a successor to Stewart Reagan this week, with Burrows affirming her credentials for the role.

“When I heard that Stewart Regan had gone, the first name that genuinely jumped into my head was Leeann,” said Burrows. “She would be perfect for it.

“She has the personality for it, she has the resolve for it, and she’s fair. For that role, you have to be able to look at the bigger picture, and she has always been able to take a step back from her club in order to be fair to others.

“I think she is tailor-made for the position.

“The reason I say that is that it takes a number of different traits to head up a member’s organisation like the SFA, and I think she has them all.

“First of all, you need the ability to lead people, inspire people, and give them a vision to get behind and get enthused about.

“If you can do that, people will follow you, and that’s what Leeann has been good at both at Motherwell and at Hibs. She has really brought people together.

“Look at the situation she inherited at Hibs. The club had just been relegated, but she has really galvanized the place, and built a really modern, forward-thinking and well-drilled machine both on and off the park.

“She has got all of that nuance to her.”

Burrows and Dempster first crossed paths in 2008 when former Motherwell Chairman and owner John Boyle gave Dempster her first job in senior football. Burrows himself was then in a communications role at the club but believes Dempster’s willingness to put her own imprint on the running of the club would auger well at Hampden.

“She would challenge the norm,” he said. “When she came into Motherwell, she didn’t have much, if any, experience of working in professional football.

“One of the great things about her is that she didn’t accept the way things had always been done. She was always prepared to question why we were doing something.

“That would be a refreshing change of attitude with the SFA. It is quite traditional and set in its ways. It needs a real shake-up from top to bottom, and if you are doing that, you need someone to come in that is prepared to challenge that, and Leeann is the person to do that.

“She has other attributes for the job as well. She has worked at clubs, which I think is extremely important.

“If you think of the last four or five administrators of the SFA, none of them have really had any experience of working day-to-day in a Scottish football club environment.

“She has an eye for staff too. Just think of the four managers she has appointed, she had Craig Brown and Stuart McCall at Motherwell, both of whom had tremendous success, and the Alan Stubbs and Neil Lennon at Hibs who have won the Scottish Cup and then promotion.

“That will be the first call a chief executive has to make with the Scotland job, so that is crucial.”