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Simon Jordan issues Celtic 'stepping stone' claim amid Ange Postecoglou Leeds United links

Simon Jordan believes Celtic and Rangers have become a 'stepping stone' for managers but does not expect Ange Postecoglou to leave for the Premier League at this stage.

Postecoglou's name has been mentioned by supporters as a potential option to replace Jesse Marsch following his sacking from Leeds United on Monday.

Carlos Corberan is currently the bookmakers' leading favourite for the job, although The Athletic have reported that Leeds are 'weighing up an approach' for Rayo Vallecano boss Andoni Iraola.

Jordan has used the examples of Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard to suggest that Rangers and Celtic have been used as a springboard to the Premier League in recent years. However, he expects Postecoglou to stay at Celtic for the time being to complete his quest of winning a domestic treble this season.

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"I am not sure if this is the right time for Ange Postecoglou. He's still building a relationship with Celtic that will launch him into a spring pad of some other opportunities," Jordan told talkSPORT.

"The challenge for me is Leeds United are a massive football club and the opportunities at Leeds United are significant. So I argue against my point. I don't see Ange Postecoglou going at this moment in the time, but there is another part of me that thinks if I am Ange Postecoglou I would want to be looking at Leeds United.

"Again, without wanting to be inflammatory, the tragedy for Scottish football is that Celtic and Rangers now are a stepping stone for managers. They are big clubs, they're big in their league, they will go into Europe and do remarkably well, like Rangers proved.

"But the first whiff of a grown up Premier League club, and most of these managers that have managed in Scotland leap, like [Steven Gerrard] and Brendan Rodgers. I'm not sure that Postecoglou is cut from the same cloth. He doesn't have that relationship with the Premier League just yet.

"Whilst he'll get the message and the memo that the Premier League is the best domestic league in the world. I think there is something slightly more deeper about his viewpoint on how he wants to build his career because I get the impression that he's got a bit of backbone and a bit of integrity.

"He'll leave when it absolutely suits him, at the same time as when he does the job that he has come to Celtic to do. And he is half way to doing that already."


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