The speculation surrounding his future has been constant – but Steve Clarke says he’s fully committed to Scotland amid links to the vacant Celtic job.

Clarke returns to the dugout next week as Scotland begin their opening matches of 2021 in World Cup 2022 qualifying. Ahead of a triple-header with Austria, Israel and Faroe Islands, he has has been linked with the vacant Celtic manager’s position.

Clarke has been linked with the vacant position at Celtic due to his work with the Scotland national team. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Parkhead side are hunting a new boss after the departure of Neil Lennon. Clarke has had great success with the national team, leading Scotland to Euro 2020, the nation’s first major tournament since 1998. SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell has stated the manager is all eyes on the road to Qatar 2022 and Euro 2020.

And Clarke, having previously confirmed his commitment to the national team, is taking continued speculation in his stride (Sky Sports): “I’m definitely not in talks because I’m under contract with the Scottish FA and looking forward to the Euros in the summer.

“Speculation tells me that my players have done well for me. It tells me my staff have done well. Nobody speculates if you’ve done a bad job. As I sit here now, if somebody had told me that I was going to lead Scotland to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and I’d be there as the Scotland head coach, I’d be delighted with that.”

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