Globally, Celtic much bigger club than Tottenham says Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert has asserted the viewpoint that Celtic are a bigger club than Tottenham Hotspur. The wounds are still raw since the freshly crowned Treble winner Ange Postecoglou made his way down the road to the riches of the Premier League and left the Hoops supporters and heirarchy in a bit of a quandary this summer.

IMAGO/Sven Simon. Paul Lambert (vorn) und Stefan Reuter (beide BVB) laufen mit dem Pokal eine Ehrenrunde nach dem Champions League Sieg 1996/1997

If we’re being honest, as soon as the Spurs links began to appear and they had already been rebuffed by several other top managers, including Feynoord’s Arne Slot, we all kind of had a feeling the writing was on the wall for Ange Postecoglou and his time at Paradise. It was a tough but somewhat expected one in many respects and the lure of the supposed strongest League in the world proved too much for the Greek-Aussie.

Lambert is honest enough about the situation that has unfolded and was steadfast in his belief that you cannot begrudge the former Yokohama F. Marinos boss the opportunity for going and pitting his wits against the very cream of the crop. It’s where the top players in the world want to play, for the most part anyway, and it’s no different when it comes to coaches.

Photo: Graham Hunt

However, Seville legend Lambert, who returned to the club as a Champions League winner all those years ago from Borussia Dortmund, has had no illusions when it comes to where both Tottenham Hotspur and Celtic FC stand globally when compared with one another. The ex-Aston Villa and Norwich City boss told BBC Sport Scotland that the Hoops dwarfed the London-based footballing institution when it comes to worldwide standing. It’s just a pity we don’t have the same cash reserves to compete consistently with teams of lesser standing from England.

21.05.2003 Copyright: imago/Miguelez Sports Foto

Watch Lambert discuss Ange and the difference between the two below…

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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  1. What an idiot. Spurs following in Asia alone dwarfs Celtic’s global supporter base. Celtic’s global fan base is estimated at 9 million; Spurs is thought to be as high as 180 million. Spurs are one of the 20 biggest clubs in the world; Celtic aren’t.