ANGE POSTECOGLOU was a no-show at the media conference today.

However, assistant boss John Kennedy was quick to dispel any notion the Greek-Australian was already on his way out of Parkhead with the usual flurry of interest when a team are looking for a successor to a sacked team boss.

Postecoglou was linked with the Leeds United job this week following the dismissal of Jesse Marsh on Monday. The Hoops gaffer has also been mentioned with vacancies at Wolves, Brighton, Everton and Southampton as the managerial merry-go-round has been sent into overdrive across the border.

Kennedy joked: “We’ve tied him to a chair upstairs and have got a couple of security guards at his door.

WINNING TEAM…John Kennedy and Ange Postecoglou hold aloft the Premiership trophy last season.

“There’s always speculation. I think it’s credit to the manager and the job he’s done here.

“It’s a bit like players. When they come here and they do well, they get linked to other clubs.

“The manager has shown his abilities. When you do that and have success with that, you attract attention. That’s what’s happened.”

Kennedy, speaking to Sky Sports, added: “Ultimately, there’s a lot of speculation. That’s what it is.

“There’s a lot of noise, but I know first hand the way he works.

“He’s focused on his job. He loves being here. He’s in the middle of building something very special, so I think his mind is firmly focused on being at Celtic and doing the best he can here.”

ON STAND-BY…South Korean striker Oh Hyeon-gyu could make his Scottish Cup debut tomorrow.

The champions are due to face St Mirren in the Scottish Cup fifth round tie at Parkhead tomorrow night and the question must be if Postecoglou will be tempted to give South Korean international striker Oh Hyeon-gyu and Japanese midfielder Tomaki Iwata some extra game time.

Neither has started a game since their arrival last month, but their best chance of appearing against the Paisley side is more likely to be as a substitute if the Hoops find themselves in a commanding position.


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