Hibernian's Alan Stubbs responds to John Hartson tipping him as Ronny Deila's replacement

Alan Stubbs says he isn't focusing on John Hartson tipping as the next Celtic manager.

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs has told The Scottish Sun that he isn't thinking too much about John Hartson's opinion that he should be the next Celtic boss.

Celtic have been underwhelming on a number of fronts this season, having been eliminated from the Champions League and the Europa League before 2015 had even finished, whilst they also crashed out of the Scottish League Cup in the semi-final after a 3-1 defeat to Ross County last month.

Manager Ronny Deila is subsequently under pressure, and with the Bhoys also defending their Scottish Premiership title in unconvincing fashion, many fans want Deila out of the club before the start of next season.

Some supporters have already been looking for possible replacements, but former Celtic striker John Hartson told The Scottish Sun last week that their top candidate to replace Deila should be Hibernian's Alan Stubbs.

The 44-year-old enjoyed a five-year spell at Celtic as a player, and is now impressing as a manager in the Scottish Championship with promotion-chasing Hibs.

Hartson's comments stirred up plenty of debate about whether Stubbs would be a sensible replacement for Deila, but the man himself isn't getting caught up in the rumours.

Speaking to The Scottish Sun, Stubbs laughed off Hartson's comments by suggesting that it's all a ploy to get him to play a charity golf tournament, before seriously admitting that he isn't focusing on the rumours, but knows speculation is natural due to his success at Easter Road.

"I haven’t confirmed I’ll play in John’s golf day yet, so I think this is about him trying to make sure I play!" joked Stubbs. "What he had to say in the column probably summed up our relationship, though. We go back quite a bit. I can’t comment on that type of stuff because it’s John’s personal opinion."

"But if I keep winning games of football then there’s going to be speculation. But I’ve never been one to look at things when they go well, in terms of what it means for me. I’m all about the players’ success and I have been from day one. It’s all about them. I’m just guiding them. My part is bringing them in and putting a team together, with my staff and the recruitment department. I’ve got to say I’m very happy with what I’m doing and I want to achieve something here," he added.

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