Paul Lambert has said that he does not want the Celtic job, just one day after leaving his role as manager at EFL League One side Ipswich Town. Some speculated that the former Celtic captain could be a replacement for Neil Lennon has manager; however, Lambert has moved to distance himself from the speculation as he doesn’t want to tarnish his reputation or relationship with the Celtic support.
Speaking to Go Radio, Lambert has said that he loved his time in Glasgow but there was nothing that would make him return to the club, where he spent eight years.
“No, I had eight great years there and success there. I wouldn’t want to ruin that relationship I have with the Celtic supporters.
“Glasgow was my life a long time ago and I’ve moved on. As I said I had eight great years there, hard times and some incredible good moments.
“I think that side of it is not for me. Whoever gets it has got to know that the club needs to win and you’ve got to have success. If you don’t have success there… if you finish second you’re last. I think that’s the easy way to sum it up.”
Lambert signed for Celtic in 1997, becoming an integral part of the team that stopped 10IAR. Following Jansen’s departure, the ex-Dortmund midfielder remained at the club during two tough years before becoming a mainstay in Martin O’Neill’s side that wrestled domination back from Rangers. Lambert also captained Celtic to a European Final in Seville, falling agonisingly short versus Porto.