George Burley accused Kris Boyd of turning his back on Scotland - then insisted he has no intention of doing the same.
Rangers striker Boyd's decision to quit international football while Burley remains at the helm succeeded only in cranking up the pressure further on the beleaguered boss - but he claims he is going nowhere.
"I'm there for the scrap, for the fight," Burley said. "I'm not going to turn my back on my country, I'm going to battle with everything I've got."
He added: "I'll work as hard as I can with players who are going to give everything they can for their country and we'll get there."
Burley was the target for criticism in the wake of defeat to Macedonia and Saturday's goalless stalemate against Norway at Hampden which was another blow to Scotland's World Cup qualification hopes.
The former Southampton boss received a vote of confidence from Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith ahead of the Norway game, who assured the manager his job would be safe regardless of the result.
"I haven't spoken to Gordon," added Burley. "It's for the association to do whatever.
"They've chosen me to do the job and I'll stick by it and fight tooth and nail to try to get there. It's important that everyone is together.
"I've played at every level for my country football-wise. I've managed for 18 years at the top level in both England and Scotland, I've managed in Europe.
"I was given the top job at the SFA, which I earned, and now I work with the squad. People will form their opinion but I've earned the right."
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