Swansea City manager Graham Potter has been quoted by Wales Online as laughing off reported interest from Scottish champions Celtic over the permanent manager role.
The Scottish Sun claimed 43-year-old Potter was being spoke of highly at Parkhead and was in the frame to take over from Neil Lennon, who is the Hoops’ current interim manager.
Potter has impressed at Swansea since taking over, guiding the Welsh side to 13th place in the Championship. Given that he has had to deal with plenty of boardroom upheaval, he has performed admirably.
Asked about a potential move to Celtic, the former Ostersunds manager denied the link and stated that it is just “speculation” and that he had shared a joke with Rangers-supporting striker Oli McBurnie.
“It’s just speculation in the media. I had a laugh with Oli McBurnie about it but it’s just speculation. I’ve had no contact with Celtic,” Potter said.
“I don’t really think about it to be honest. I’ve got a job to do here. You can’t stop the stories in the papers but I just do my best and help the players.”
Potter is a top manager but in terms of calibre, he does not have the reputation to be managing a club like Celtic. Indeed, the Scottish champions need a boss that can attract big-name players to Parkhead.
Brendan Rodgers was able to do that. It saw the likes of Moussa Dembele, Odsonne Edouard and Filip Benkovic try their luck in Glasgow rather than moving elsewhere.
Lennon remains favourite to get the job on a permanent basis.