ANGE POSTECOGLOU insists he has no interest in Steven Gerrard’s managerial situation at Ibrox.

Events across Glasgow have seen the Liverpool legend linked with the vacant boss’ job at Aston Villa following the weekend sacking of Dean Smith.

Postecoglou, who has just won the October Manager of the Month award, is adamant no-one at Parkhead will allow themselves to be sidetracked from what they are attempting to achieve during a massive rebuild.

Asked about Gerrard’s future, the Greek-Australian gaffer answered: “They’re the kind of distractions I avoid, to be honest. I’ve been really laser-focused on here and I’ll continue to be.

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“I’m just making everyone really aware that we can’t get distracted by anything or anyone else. We’re trying to build something here and when you’re trying to build something, and be successful, you can’t afford to be looking over your fence at what other people are doing.

“We’ve got to build our house, make it nice and beautiful and then see how it stacks up against the rest of the neighbourhood.”

The Hoops have won seven out of their last eight games on the domestic and European front with the only stutter being the goalless draw with Livingston and Postecoglou, speaking to Sky Sports News, remarked: “It’s been a good little period for us. We’d been a bit unsettled in the previous month and results and performances were up and down, so we had to get some consistency and momentum.

“The whole group’s been outstanding through this last period.

“The award is great but it’s a reflection of how well the group is developing. It’s really important people don’t think this is on the back of something magical I’m doing. It’s the whole group – staff and players – that’s working really hard.”

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The Hoops chief added: “I like to work pretty methodically. I don’t like to rush into things, whether that’s decisions about current affairs or future affairs.

“That’s why the summer transfer window, for me, was way too chaotic, but understandably so because of the situation I was put into.

“I don’t want that to happen in January and I don’t want that to happen in future. That won’t happen if we start working methodically from now.

“That doesn’t mean we ramp things up or do things at a faster pace, it just means we do things in a systematic way that allows us to make the best decision without feeling the pressure of time.

“It won’t be as busy as the summer, but there will be some activity.

“There are some areas I feel we should strengthen but, while we’re not in any rush, a lot of that will be dictated by how the ones we’ve got here develop over the next period of time, because we’ve had some players who have shown some fantastic acceleration in their development over the last period.

“As we go along, we’ll see what gaps need to be filled.”

The Hoops, who are four points off the pace in the Premiership, go into action again a week on Saturday when they face holders St Johnstone in the Premier Sports League Cup semi-final at Hampden.

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