Swansea City manager Graham Potter has dismissed reports linking him with the vacant managerial position at Scottish side Celtic.
Potter, whose side currently sit 13th in the Championship in his first season in charge at the Liberty Stadium, described the rumours as media speculation, adding that he had joked about the claims with his Rangers supporting striker Oli McBurnie.
Speaking to Wales Online about the rumours linking him with a move North of the border, Potter claimed: “It’s just speculation in the media. I had a laugh with Oli McBurnie about it but it’s just speculation. I’ve had no contact with Celtic.
“I don’t really think about it to be honest. I’ve got a job to do here. You can’t stop the stories in the papers but I just do my best and help the players.”
Celtic are currently being managed on an interim basis by former boss Neil Lennon, following the departure of Brendan Rodger to Leicester at the end of February.
So how much of a boost to Swansea are Potter’s comments? We asked some of our Football League World writers for their thoughts.
“This will be something of a relief for Swansea.
“After a slow start Swansea have started to look more like the play-off contenders many expected them to be in recent weeks – the thrashing at QPR aside.
“Losing Potter now would only serve to set that development back further as they look to move back up the divsions rather than down them again.”
“This is a big boost for Swansea in my view.
“To be honest, I didn’t think that he would l leave for Celtic anyway, as I think he’s spent so much time working his way up to prove himself in the English leagues.
“He’s a very underrated manager in my view, and Swansea are lucky to be keeping hold of him.”
“This is fantastic news for Swansea.
“I think the job Potter has done has been under appreciated. He’s built an exciting, young team who have a clear identity and way of playing, all after losing key men.
“Celtic will be a big attraction though and if they’re serious about Potter it will be interesting to see if his attitude changes.”