'It's speculation:' Ange dismisses links with top European club

San Pedro Sula: Ange Postecoglou has dismissed reports linking him with the vacant post at Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers, suggesting a potential move is only speculation while continuing to dodge questions about his future.

The Socceroos' coach again refused to provide any clarity of his long-term role with the national team amid suggestions he will step down from his position with Football Federation Australia immediately after the World Cup qualifying play-off against Honduras.

Reports surfaced during the week that Postecoglou was "interested" in taking charge of Rangers following the sacking of Portuguese coach Pedro Caixinha last week. However, the Australian coach dismissed the link with the Glasgow club, suggesting his only priority is the upcoming clash with Honduras on Friday afternoon (Saturday morning AEDT).

"[It is] speculation, mate. The only thing on my radar is these two games. That's where all my energy is, that's where all my focus is and thats what's most important. Anything on that is not even on my radar," he said.

In Honduras, Postecoglou was pressed on the issue of his future for the fifth time since the story first appeared suggesting he would leave Australia and for the fifth time, Postecoglou refused to provide a definitive answer. While it's certain that he will not continue as Socceroos' coach should they fail to reach Russia at the expense of Honduras, Postecoglou continued to side-step questions when asked if he would stay with the national team until the end of the World Cup, should they qualify.

"I'm worried about these two games, you can ask the question 20 different ways, you'll get the same answer 20 different versions of it," he said. "People are very interested in what happens if we qualify but I'm more interested in what happens if we don't qualify so it's in my interests to make sure that we do."

It means discussions around the coaching position will continue to hover around the team as they prepare for the two of the most important games in the recent history of Australian soccer, largely because of Postecoglou's refusal to provide clarity. However, he doesn't believe that will come at the expense of the focus of the players, who he believes aren't bothered by the cloud of doubt that hovers above the team.

"Do you think Aaron Mooy's thinking about me when Huddersfield's playing Liverpool, or when Tommy Rogic is playing against Bayern Munich or Mile Jedinak," Postecoglou said. "I think the players, the staff, the way we've set up things here is that they come into camp, they're ready to do their best in what their next mission is, and their next mission in these two games and then after that they all go back home and then they get back to the day to day performance of their career. I don't think it's distracted them."

Socceroos' striker Tomi Juric says he doesn't believe Ange will walk should Australia qualify for the World Cup after overseeing what has likely been the most difficult qualifying campaign in the tournament's history.

"I just don't see it if we qualify - sorry, when we qualify - that he goes. I don't think that will happen," Juric said. "His main goal is to prepare us for a World Cup.... I don't see him walking away from that big challenge he's got in front of him. I think he's looking forward to the World Cup and making sure that we get there."

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