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CELTIC No.1 TARGET ADMITS FOCUS

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ANGE POSTECOGLOU, Celtic’s top managerial candidate, has refused to rule out a sensational move to Parkhead.

The 55-year-old Athens-born former Australia international boss has moved to the front of the Hoops queue after the three-month quest for Eddie Howe collapsed on Friday, as Scotzine reported.

Postecoglou, however, insists he is concentrating fully on his role with Japanese giants Yokohama F. Marinos and led them to a 2-1 success over Shimizu S-Pulse yesterday.

The highly-regarded coach, speaking to the Sunday Mail, admitted: “Everyone knows me, knows that my focus is always on what’s in front of me.

“I’ve understood there’s some speculation around the future, but I’ve stopped thinking about the what-ifs in the world a long time ago.

“My focus the last couple of days has been on making sure we play well. My focus is here.

“This is the job I’ve got and I’ve always done that my whole career.

“I’m just focused on the job I have and making sure I do it well — or else other people will decide my future.”

Celtic will attempt to get the deal done within the next week with time ticking until the Champions League qualifiers in July. Most of the squad will return to pre-season training at Lennoxtown next month.

Neil Lennon departed the club on February 23, two days after yet another dismal defeat – this time against Ross County in Dingwall – in a wretched campaign for the fallen champions who completed their first trophyless term in 11 years.

John Kennedy took over in an interim capacity for the remaining 10 games of the season.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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