Robin­son feels no need to re­as­sure Well play­ers

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Mother­well man­ager Stephen Robin­son feels no need to ad­dress his play­ers over on­go­ing spec­u­la­tion sur­round­ing his fu­ture.

The for­mer North­ern Ire­land as­sis­tant man­ager is among the favourites to take over at both Hearts and Hiber­nian and there could be fur­ther spec­u­la­tion on the way af­ter Michael O’Neill was tar­geted by Stoke.

Robin­son, who was O’Neill’s North­ern Ire­land as­sis­tant at Euro 2016, has Mother­well sit­ting in third place in the Lad­brokes Pre­mier­ship and led them to two cup fi­nals in his first full sea­son.

His play­ers brushed off the spec­u­la­tion over the Hearts role to beat

Liv­ingston last Sat­ur­day and Robin­son has not sat them down to of­fer any re­as­sur­ances af­ter Hibs joined their Ed­in­burgh ri­vals in search­ing for a new boss.

“I don’t think I need to do that,” the 44-year-old said. “It’s all spec­u­la­tion. I am con­cen­trat­ing solely on Mother­well and a big game on Sun­day to try and stay in the po­si­tion we are in.

“I don’t think there is any need to ad­dress that.

“I am more fo­cused on Celtic’s threats and how we can ex­pose Celtic and try and get a re­sult.

“It’s hard enough try­ing to beat Celtic with­out wor­ry­ing about any­thing else and hy­po­thet­i­cal ques­tions.

“Me and the play­ers have stayed solely fo­cused and not let it de­tract from our at­ten­tion of try­ing to get a re­sult on Sun­day.

“We are do­ing well, play­ers are get­ting in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion.

“We are sit­ting third in the ta­ble with a fan­tas­tic game at Celtic Park on Sun­day.

“So I don’t need to deal with any of that.

“I just con­cen­trate on what’s in front of me.”

Well’s Stephen Robin­son

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