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9th Nov, 2017 | 10:00am

International manager responds to reported Rangers interest

By James Black

Australia boss Ange Postecoglou has spoken out over reports linking him with the vacant manager’s job at Rangers and insisted it’s nothing more then “speculation.”

According to ESPN, Postecoglou was interested in taking over from Pedro Caixinha when he leaves the Socceroos after this week’s World Cup qualifying play-off with Honduras.

The 52-year-old is on the brink of qualifying for his second successive World Cup finals with Australia and was in charge as the Socceroos lifted their first ever AFC Asian Cup in 2015.

Postecoglou insisted his focus was on securing Australia’s place in Russia next summer and refused to be drawn on his future – in typical Australian fashion.

“Speculation, mate,” Postecoglou said when asked about the reports, as quoted by FourFourTwo.

“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 that’s what’s most important.

“Anything on that is not even on my radar.”

The former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory boss doesn’t particularly fit the profile of manager Rangers are believed to be looking to appoint and it seems unlikely Ibrox will be Postecoglou’s next port of call.

Aberdeen Derek McInnes is the bookies’ favourite to take over from Caixinha after leading the Dons to three successive second-place finishes in the Scottish Premiership and lifting the club’s first trophy in 20 years when they won the Scottish League Cup in 2015.

Rangers Under-20’s manager Graeme Murty is in interim charge of the Light Blues for the second time in 2017 and has taken the Gers to two wins from his two games in charge following Caixinha’s sacking.

In other Rangers news, Alan Brazil was stunned as the Gers missed out on this manager.

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