Celtic manager Ang Postecoglou insists being linked with a move to Tottenham “does not register” with him.
He has emerged as the preferred candidate for the vacant post along with SKY Sports News were previously reporting that Postecoglu was on Spurs’ list of prospects alongside Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi and Fulham’s Marco Silva.
The Australian has transformed the Celtic team since taking charge in the summer of 2021, winning back-to-back premiership titles and League Cup trophies.
Celtic will secure a domestic treble on Saturday if they beat Inverness Caley Thistle in the Scottish Cup final, and Postecoglou insists that is his only focus – not the ongoing speculation about his future.
“It’s not registered,” he said. “I think people like to speculate on these things but we have worked really hard to put ourselves in this position.
“For me to let my mind wander about anything other than preparing our team for a big day on Saturday, it’s just not me.”
Postecoglou has been linked with a number of Premier League jobs this season, including Everton and Chelsea, and he is confident the player will not be affected by the latest interest.
“We’ve done this dance many times this year, so I think the players know very well where my thoughts are,” the 57-year-old said.
“Whatever it is, players are really good at just focusing on the important things – and what’s important is getting ready for a big game on Saturday.
“It doesn’t enter my field of thinking because my role is to make sure my team is well prepared for the next challenge.
“Far be it for me to say that if a cup final isn’t enough for me to turn all my attention to that then nothing will.”
Postecoglou is currently on a one-year rolling contract at Celtic and said he has not thought about speaking to the board about his future after Saturday’s final.
“No, because that would mean I’m planning, organizing, thinking about something other than Saturday,” he said.
“I understand it is your job to ask these questions because you are in this role, but you are not as invested in this football club as I am, as are the players and the supporters.
“For me I woke up this morning thinking about the same thing, the same thing I’ve been thinking about for the last seven days – we want to make sure we play well in this cup final and make it a really special one.” Create a season.”
The manager had success in Australia and Japan before moving to Celtic, winning major silverware with Brisbane Roar and Yokohama F Marinos.
A move to Spurs will mean working under the club’s new chief football officer Scott Munn, whom Postecoglou knows from his time working within City Football Group.
Munn, who is also Australian, will take up his position on July 1.
Petrov: I hope he stays at Celtic
Former Celtic midfielder Stilian Petrov spoke to Sky Sports News about Postecoglou at his foundation’s annual golf day:
“I’m not surprised because when you do well as a player or manager, you attract attention from big leagues and big clubs.
“I hope Celtic can keep him because he has done an incredible job. The team is playing really well, they are playing in a way that everyone is enjoying. It would be a big loss, but if he goes If so, he will be remembered.” as a great manager.
“Everywhere he has gone he has taken clubs in disarray, in trouble and he has made it right with a great style of play with enthusiasm and creativity. Tottenham Hotspur will be looking for the same.
“He’s done it and he’ll have a good team to work with but I’m looking forward to him staying at Celtic because he’s important.”