Steve Clarke has been linked with the Celtic job – but he insists his intention is to take Scotland to the 2022 World Cup.

The Scotland manager has completed the ultimate aim as national team manager, taking the country to its first major tournament since 1998. Ahead of Euro 2020 this summer, Clarke has been heavily linked with the Celtic job after Neil Lennon left the manager’s chair at Parkhead.

Steve Clarke has been linked with the Celtic job. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He has previous coaching experience with the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool while he’s managed West Brom, Reading and most recently Kilmarnock, who he delivered a third place Scottish Premiership finish to.

Despite the links to Celtic, Clarke insists he is going nowhere, looking to take Scotland to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar: “After the Euros I will go on a big holiday. It is going to be very tiring then we will decide what happens.

“But I have a contract with the Scottish FA up until December 2022 and hopefully I can take the team to the World Cup finals in Qatar in 2022 as well, that would be great and then maybe I can think about club football.

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Plenty of work to do with the national team as Euro 2020 beckons for Clarke and his squad alongside the push for 2022 World Cup qualification in Qatar next year. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“When you have been in football as long as me, you tend not to look too far ahead. I look forward to the games in March (World Cup qualifiers) and if we can win all of them we can concentrate on the Euros after that and we will see what happens.”

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