The Conference League clubs will hold a pre-arranged, mid-season meeting next week and some of them are interested and even supportive of Rangers' potentially applying to join them. Rangers' ultimate aim would be to work their way up from the Conference and through the Football League to the Barclays Premier League. But that prospect seemed improbable when Clarke spoke negatively about the idea yesterday.
He will take charge this week and be in the dug-out for next month's friendly against Estonia before taking the national side through the remaining six World Cup qualifying ties.
Qualification already looks a lost cause – Scotland are bottom of Group A and eight points off the pace after only four games – but the 55-year-old will then start afresh when the Euro 2016 campaign begins next autumn.
The former Celtic manager, has been the frontrunner and outstanding candidate for the job since Craig Levein was relieved of his duties on November 5.
Tell them that private lines of communication have always been open between the clubs, and that their respective directors, managers or players arrange to meet on formal or social business, and the reactions can range from outright denial to a curled lip of distaste.
But, to the more sensible majority of fans, a working relationship between the Old Firm clubs is entirely natural and healthy.