Paul Lambert has his say on Celtic job after odds on a return as manager are slashed

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 02 March 2021, 14:38

Paul Lambert is now nestled amongst the cluster of favourites for the Celtic job after the Scot’s odds were slashed from 40/1 to 10/3 (Paddy Power) over the course of the last 24 hours.

Lambert, who left his post at Ipswich on Sunday, was previously an outsider in the betting to replace Neil Lennon at Parkhead, where he spent a memorable eight years as a player.

Only last week the then Ipswich boss appeared to rule himself out of contention to return to Celtic as manager, on the basis that he didn’t want to ruin his reputation with the club’s fanbase.

"I don't want to tarnish the good feelings I have with the Celtic fans," he told Sky Sports News. "We won a hell of a lot, stopping Rangers winning Ten In A Row in 1998. That was an incredible achievement. Maybe I'll go back as a fan, that's all I can say."

While it wouldn’t exactly come as a surprise to see a manager change his stance after suddenly becoming available once again - in Lambert’s case he’s now free after leaving Ipswich - the Celtic legend has now seemingly put an end to rumours of a comeback after he told the Go Football Radio Show:

"I guess if something came up and I thought it was right and had a chance at it - I’d look at it," he said when asked about his next step in management. But when asked specifically about the Celtic job, Lambert replied: 

"No, you know what it’s like, I had eight great years there and a lot of success. I wouldn’t want to ruin that relationship I have with Celtic supporters. Glasgow was my life a long time ago but I’ve moved on from then I guess. I think that side (manager) is a no for me, whoever gets it needs to win. If you finish second you’re last."

So, unless there’s a huge change of heart, it doesn’t look like there’s any chance of Lambert returning in the near future.

Elsewhere, Man City’s Elite Development coach Enzo Maresca - who you can read about here - is the narrow favourite with most bookmakers at the time of writing.

Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe remains in the top echelon of contenders, as do Scotland’s Steve Clarke, ex-Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, John Kennedy (interim), and Roberto Martinez who has been Belgium manager since 2016.

Meanwhile, after leaving his post at Rennes we’ve profiled the talented young boss Julien Stephan, who is a 33/1 outsider to venture to Glasgow.

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