Former Preston and Derby boss Billy Davies has ruled himself out of the running to be Scotland's new coach.

Davies was on a Scottish Football Association's (SFA) shortlist of five for the job along with Motherwell manager Mark McGhee, Southampton boss George Burley, Grame Souness and Tommy Burns of Celtic.

But Davies told the Scottish Daily Express that he would not remain a candidate to replkace Alex McLeish who resigned in late November to take over at English Premier League side Birmingham City.

"My representative got a call from the SFA to say I was on the short-list, and then he took another call to say they wanted to speak to me about the job," Davies said.

"We were informed they wanted to get me involved in the process, and it was then that we told them we would not be taking things any further."

Burley, meanwhile, was tight-lipped about his chances saying he was reluctant to discuss the situation.

"You would have to contact the club. It's all speculation at the moment."

Celtic would not comment on any approach for Burns, who was assistant to Berti Vogts during the German's ill-fated spell as Scotland boss.

Motherwell were equally reticent about discussing the possible future of their manager, with owner John Boyle saying he was unaware of any approach from the SFA.