The Scottish FA are poised to choose a new manager within the next 48 hours, with three candidates in the frame.
Kilmarnock’s Steve Clarke and Scotland under-21 coach Scot Gemmill are joined by Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes on the Scottish FA’s shortlist.
Aberdeen vice-chairman Dave Cormack said on Wednesday that McInnes would stay at the Pittodrie club, but he remains in contention for the vacancy.
And the Scottish FA have spoken to Kilmarnock about Clarke.
Sunderland manager Jack Ross had also been under consideration.
The Scottish FA are eager to make an appointment quickly, with the squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers with Cyprus and Belgium due to be announced in less than a fortnight.
Coincidentally, Clarke will be at Hampden on Thursday for a disciplinary meeting following his comments about referee Steven McLean last month.