The Scottish FA has denied Philippe Troussier is a candidate to take over as manager of the national side.

The Frenchman was interviewed for the post before Berti Vogts was appointed in 2002 and he claims he is on the shortlist to replace the sacked German.

“I am on the shortlist, they consider my candidature and they recognise my past,” he told the Daily Mail.

But an SFA spokesman responded: “Philippe Troussier is not on the shortlist and he has not been approached.”

Troussier led South Africa and Japan in World Cup finals and believes he would be equipped to emulate the feat with Scotland.

He said: “First of all, Scotland have not lost the chance for the next World Cup.

“My strategy is to finish the qualification, to change the minds of people, to tell them that nothing is finished and that we have to work until we have the last second of the match.”

Walter Smith and Gordon Strachan remain favourites for the job.