Birmingham City striker James McFadden has ruled out a move to either Old Firm club due to the negativity that surrounds the Glasgow giants.

The former Motherwell player has been linked to both Celtic and Rangers in recent months, the speculation increasing since Blues were relegated to the Coca-Cola Championship on the last day of last season.

Only last week the 25-year-old was rumoured to be about to sign for Rangers.

McFadden, speaking at the Scotland headquarters ahead of the friendly against Northern Ireland at Hampden on Wednesday, was reticent about his future at Birmingham but is not keen to move back to his homeland.

"I wasn't at Ibrox or Parkhead last week so that's how far those rumours went," he said:  "It's hard to tell (if he will be at Birmingham when the transfer window closes) but at the minute I'm there unless I'm told otherwise.

"To be perfectly honest I wouldn't entertain a move to Glasgow. I'm happy to be playing outside Scotland at the minute, especially with the kind of press that's been going about for Rangers and Celtic. I'm quite happy to be away from it.

"I read the papers and I watch the television and there has been some bad press for Rangers recently.

"I'm afraid that's what you get at the two biggest teams, there is always stories to be written, whether they are good or bad."

After missing the previous two friendlies against Croatia and the Czech Republic, McFadden is keen to be working under boss George Burley for the first time.

Burley intimated that he will build his side around McFadden but the Blues striker is taking nothing for granted as Scotland prepare for their World Cup qualification campaign which begins next month with a double-header against Macedonia and Iceland.

He said: "My place is not going to be given to me, I still need to work hard for it.

"I watched the last two games and we played well at times so I'm looking forward to it and I will be doing my best to get the lads to a major finals.

"You look at the results in the last qualification campaign but that doesn't mean we can be complacent and expect to beat teams.

"We still need to work hard, that's the reason we got as far as we did the last time and we will be all right if we do that."