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Clarke focused on Scotland’s 2022 World Cup despite Celtic links

Manager says he’s committed to international side despite rumours linking him with vacant Hoops job

STEVE CLARKE said today that he aims to take Scotland to the 2022 World Cup finals, casting doubt on a rumoured move to Celtic.

The Parkhead club are on the search for a new boss after Neil Lennon resigned last month, with assistant John Kennedy put in temporary charge.

Clarke is among the favourites to take the job full-time. But when asked about his plans after this summer’s delayed 2020 Euros, he said he would need “a big holiday” before making any decisions.

“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,” he said. “That would be great, and then maybe I can think about club football.”

The former West Brom, Reading and Kilmarnock boss added: “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 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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