Former Celtic midfielder Paul Lambert has been speaking on the latest instalment of the A Celtic State of Mind podcast, where he ruled himself out of the vacant manager’s role.
Lambert played for the Hoops between 1997 and 2005, winning four league titles, as well as two Scottish Cups and Scottish League Cups apiece during his time with the Glasgow giants.
Celtic are currently looking for a successor to Lambert’s former central-midfield partner Neil Lennon after the Northern Irishman departed Parkhead several months ago, but after being asked if he could ever see himself in the going back to his former side to manage, he was quick to rule himself out of contention.
He said: “No, no. And the reason for that is because I had eight or nine unbelievable years there. My life was Glasgow, and I would never want to ruin that with the support.
“I know what it’s like as a footballer, I don’t know what it’s like to manage or coach there, but I certainly know the pressure of winning things there.
“I was fortunate to play in great sides that did win a lot of stuff there. Would I want to ruin that? No, I wouldn’t.”
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However, whether he is at the level that Celtic need is up for debate. Lambert’s last four jobs at Blackburn Rovers, Wolves, Stoke City and Ipswich Town have not gone as planned, and the former Scottish champions need a huge rebuilding job over the summer to rein in fierce rivals Rangers.
A job in England’s lower leagues is perhaps a more likely destination for Lambert this summer given his past experience at that level, but we’re sure the former Hoops man will be wishing his old side well next season.