Inverness director of football Graeme Bennett has confirmed that Celtic's Paul Lambert has rejected overtures to become their new manager.
Paul Lambert wants to go into coaching
"We approached Celtic in the middle of the week for permission to speak to Paul Lambert," said Bennett.
"The response that came back to us was that he was not really interested in the position."
Lambert's Celtic contract expires in the summer and he has been attending coaching courses with the German FA.
Celtic manager Martin O'Neill revealed that it took just seconds for Lambert to reject Caley Thistle's invitation.
"Caley Thistle are looking at a number of people and Peter Lawwell, the chief executive, said to me that he (Lambert) was one of the people they were interested in," said O'Neill.
"I spoke with Paul and the conversation lasted for about 15 seconds for a number of reasons.
"Paul is in the final year of his contract and even though he is not playing at the minute I think he sees himself playing a part for us.
"He wants to go into football management eventually and he is doing his coaching course at the moment.
"Also, with Jim McInally going to Morton, there is space for Paul to do some sort of coaching with the kids for the time being."