This week Willie Rennie triggered headlines by accusing the nationalists of playing a "dangerous game" with Scottish identity.
But he told The Herald his party could enter still government with the SNP after the next elections.
"I would say that we are equidistant between Labour and the SNP in Scotland," he said.
"I have worked with John Swinney on the budget, with Nicola Sturgeon on minimum pricing, with Roseanna Cunningham on drug issues."
"I get on very well with Labour's Johann Lamont and I could see a partnership working with them as well."