“Even people as self-important as Alex Salmond have to win over the electorate,” said the deputy prime minister.
The former SNP leader wants to return to the House of Commons and push for more powers for Scotland.
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“Would I rather the SNP held the balance of power than UKIP? You’re damn right I would,” said Humza Yousaf.
It’s not quite clear how it will work, however.
The Scottish National Party, meanwhile, is predicted to win 54 seats.
“There is nothing wrong in politics in being ambitious, and if the opportunity presents itself, thinking you might like to do the top job,” she said. But first there’s a referendum to win.