REAL MADRID face competition for one of their top targets to replace Zinedine Zidane, according to reports.
Former midfielder Guti, 41, who has been a coach for the youth teams since 2013, has emerged as a potential frontrunner, having followed in the same path as the Frenchman.
However, the BBC report he has shown interest in the vacant St Mirren job after Jack Ross left the Scots for Sunderland.
The Championship-winners are expected to name a boss within the next week.
Should he take up the role, the Scottish Premiership would have a host of big-name managers with Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard at Celtic and Rangers respectively.
Zidane, 45, resigned from his post after becoming the first manager to win back-to-back Champions League trophies.
Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and Massimiliano Allegri have all been linked with the role, though Guti is also a leading candidate, due to the fact that, like Zidane, he would have risen through the ranks internally.
The Spaniard played 542 for Real Madrid from 1995 to 2010, winning the Champions League on three occasions.
However, he also holds the record of the most amount of medals without ever playing in a final.
Guti played for Besiktas in the 2010-11 season before retiring.