Leeds manager Steve Evans says he is flattered to be linked with the Celtic job, but if he is offered the chance to stay at Elland Road he would remain with Yorkshire club even though he’s a Hoops fan.
Evans’s contract is up at the end of June and he is fifth favourite at the bookies behind frontrunners David Moyes, Neil Lennon, Roy Keane and Michael O’Neill or the Celtic job.
He said to Sky Sports:
“I’ve been a Celtic fan since I was two seconds old. I’ll always be a Celtic fan. Celtic is an iconic football club but Leeds United is an iconic football club, so my real focus and only focus is representing this famous club.
“If I was offered a contract here at Leeds in the summer and Celtic wanted me, I would say no to Celtic. I’ve made no secret of the fact I want to be head coach at Leeds next season.
“The only job that appeals to me at the minute is being head coach of Leeds United and I won’t get involved in any speculation about what may or may not be.”
There is no certainty that Evans will remain at Leeds after an indifferent spell in charge of the Championship club.
They currently sit 11th after three wins in a row, but his record is mixed after taking over as manager in October.
After 35 matches, he has won 14, drawn 10 and lost 11, and boasts a win percentage of 40%.
53 year old Evans has spent most of his managerial career in the English lower leagues gaining promotions with both Boston United and Crawley Town, as well as getting Rotherham from League Two to the Championship in two seasons before being sacked in September.