He’s been linked with Celtic in recent weeks – but SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell says Scotland manager Steve Clarke isn’t going anywhere soon.

The former Kilmarnock boss has been tipped as one of the frontrunners for the vacant manager role at Celtic after Neil Lennon’s departure. He responded to rumours last week, saying his aim was to take the nation to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Clarke has delivered considerable success to the Scotland national team. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Clarke has already delivered huge success to Scottish football, having qualified for Euro 2020 this summer, a first major tournament for Scotland since 1998. Maxwell says success at Euro 2020 is the national team boss’ aim.

He stated: “He’s absolutely committed to the job he’s got here. It is flattering. It shows that we made the right appointment that people are talking about him moving on and moving back into club football.

“But Steve is 100% committed to Euro 2020, he knows what it means to the country. He wants to make sure that we give as good an account of ourselves as we can. I’m sure after the tournament he is looking forward to a holiday and getting us qualified for Qatar in 2022.”

SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell.

SFA chief Maxwell says Clarke is focused on the task at hand in Mount Florida as he gears up for World Cup qualifying and Euro 2020 amid links to Celtic Park. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Scotland return to action at the end of this month as another triple-header of competitive matches commence. World Cup qualifying for the 2022 tournament begins with matches against Austria, Israel and Faroe Islands before Euro 2020 starts in June.

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