Motherwell manager Mark McGhee and Southampton boss George Burley have been granted permission to talk to the Scottish Football Association (SFA) about the vacant Scotland coaching job.

McGhee and Burley are believed to be on a four-man short-list alongside Tommy Burns and Graeme Souness. The post has been vacant since late November when Alex McLeish resigned to take over as coach at Birmingham City.

Souness is currently out of the game, while the SFA have asked Celtic for their consent to speak to Bhoys coach Burns.

McGhee held talks with Motherwell owner John Boyle late Tuesday, and the club announced they had given the 50-year-old the green light to talk to the SFA.

"Mark and I had a very constructive and amicable meeting. He is on a three-year contract with the club," said Boyle.

"He is happy here and is looking forward to the rest of the season at Fir Park. Obviously, we are very keen to keep him as the Motherwell manager - and I have put a range of proposals to him.

"Understandably, he wants to hear what the SFA have to say. But he has made it clear publicly and to the club that he would not want to let us down."

McGhee, who took over at Fir Park last summer, has insisted he will not leave without the "absolute consensus" of everyone at the club.