Tomi Juric has broken ranks on Ange Postecoglou's future, saying he can't see the Socceroos coach leaving his post should Australia reach the World Cup.
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9 Nov 2017 - 8:26 AM  UPDATED 9 Nov 2017 - 8:26 AM

As the Socceroos gear up for the first leg of their qualifying playoffs in Honduras, it remains an issue Postecoglou isn't interested in talking about.

That said, Australia's coach did distance himself from the vacant position at fallen Scottish giants Rangers a day after a report linking him with the job.

"That's speculation, mate," Postecoglou said on Thursday (AEDT).

"The only thing on my radar is these two games. That's where all my energy is. That's where all my focus is and that's what's most important."

Postecoglou's future remains a talking point after a report last month suggesting he would walk away should they qualify for the 2018 tournament.

Juric is the only player in San Pedro Sula to have diverted from the same line as Postecoglou - that their full focus is on the qualifiers, and not his future.

The forward, who has grown to become Australia's first choice striker under Postecoglou, doesn't believe his coach would shirk the challenge.

"I just don't see it if we qualify - sorry, when we qualify - that he goes. I don't think that will happen," he said.

"His main goal is to prepare us for a World Cup (and) for opposition that are at a high level.

"I don't see him walking away from that big challenge.

"I think he's looking forward to the World Cup and making sure that we get there."

Australian captain Mile Jedinak said Juric's view was "logical" but pointed out that logic didn't always stand in football.

"Football is a funny game, it's never that straight forward," he said.

Jedinak - fit again for the first time since June - foreshadowed the potential for movement in the coaching position but said he was more interested in reaching Russia.

"It's about ... qualifying for the World Cup and then beyond that, keep building the profile of the game and keep building the profile of our Socceroos," he said.

"Ange has been a huge part of that in recent years. He's taken the group and progressed the group by a considerable amount.

"Seeing him at the forefront of that is a natural thing. That's all we know at the minute.

"But football is such a strange game that anything could happen."

Told of Juric's opinion, Postecoglou was forthright.

"Well he'd better make sure we win because otherwise there's no decision to make," he said, saying players hadn't quizzed him on his plans and weren't distracted by the sideshow.

"We don't have that kind of relationship. We don't sit around coffees discussing what we're going to do for our Christmas holidays.

"We're here for business and the business is these two games."