Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald has insisted that he does not want to entertain any talk of Steve Clarke getting the Scotland job - given how well he is doing at Kilmarnock.

Clarke has taken four points this season in the two league games he has played against both Celtic and Rangers.

The turnaround at Rugby Park has put Clarke in the frame for the vacant Scotland role but it is not a conversation that MacDonald is keen to encourage.

"He’s a quality manager," said MacDonald. "He’s worked at the highest level as a coach and as a manager. He always seems to do well. At West Brom he had their highest finish in the Premier League.

"At Reading, he got them to the semi-final of the FA Cup.

"But we’re very grateful he’s here. Hopefully long this may continue."

Asked if he would be happy to see Clarke getting the national team job, MacDonald said: "No. Still no. From a selfish point of view still no.

"But if it happens he has got credentials. It’s been a long time since we’ve been to an international tournament. It’s something I hope is addressed in the coming years. But for purely selfish reasons hopefully he stays here in the long run.

"The longer you have been in the game you realise that players and managers come and go.

"You just have to do your job day to day and game to game and just get on with it.

"Everybody always asks what the one biggest thing he brings is and I don’t think anyone can ever give a proper answer.

"He jut makes everything so simple in terms of knowing what they are doing.

"We worked on our shape all week.

"He doesn’t overdo it. He keeps it simple and everyone knows what their job is."