Brendan Rodgers has insisted that any speculation around his future will not distract him from his focus at Celtic.

The Parkhead manager was linked with a move to Arsenal this week as Arsene Wenger’s situation comes under further scrutiny following the ugly results this week. And while Rodgers was not entirely taken aback by being linked with the post, he has maintained that he is in no rush to vacate his own role with Celtic.

“Arsenal is a great club with a great manager,” said Rodgers. “People will look at it and see that I went to Liverpool, they were struggling for five seasons for Champions League football and I was able to get them back.

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“And when I came to Celtic, they hadn’t been in the Champions League for three seasons and I got them back. So maybe people are thinking – okay, Arsenal have been out of the Champions League and is that maybe the equation for someone like myself.

“For me, my focus and my life is here. I love my professional life, the challenges of managing, the expectations, the scrutiny that comes with Celtic.

“Like I say, I’m living the dream.

“But the other stuff you can’t control, so I can’t worry about it. I’m not going to be here forever, but I’m living in a dream.

“And dreams always come to an end at some point, that’s for sure. But I am always relaxed about speculation and what not.

“My focus is only on Celtic. Arsenal is a great club, they have a great manager and they are going through a tough time of course.”

And Rodgers has insisted that he has no issue with either being the subject of speculation – or others being linked with his own role should there ever come a time that he is under pressure at Celtic.

“It’s unfortunately the game now but it will always be the case at big clubs, especially if your results just turn the other way,” said the Celtic manager.

“What you have to be prepared for when you manage the big clubs is there is maybe going to be between five and ten people linked with your job, you know that. It doesn’t happen in too many other industries.

“But we live a privileged life, we get to manage and work with great players and great people.

“Like I say, with the big clubs comes big scrutiny and probably when my results drop off here a bit I’m sure there will be names linked but you have to accept that as part of the job.

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“Arsene will know that, he’s got great experience, he’s a really good man. He’s done wonders for British football and it’s just unfortunate at this period and for a little period now the focus has really been on him but that’s new football I’m afraid.”

And Rodgers voiced his own disappointment that a manager who had such an impact on British football and enjoyed such success with Arsenal has found himself in his current predicament.

“The criticism Arsene takes unfortunately is now the modern game, modern football,” said Rodgers. “It’s unfortunate because he has done so much for the British game.

“He came in 20 odd years ago and revolutionised the game.

“And it’s sometimes disappointing and sad for another manager to see someone of that esteem and quality go through that.

“But like I say it’s different names every day really. There is always going to be speculation around it.

“If they are going to pick out names for the job then of course they are going to suggest candidates for it.”