Former Celtic star Paul Lambert insists there is nothing that could convince him into succeeding Neil Lennon as manager at Parkhead.
And while Lambert is not ruling out a quick return to management, the 51-year-old says he has absolutely no desire of managing Celtic.
Paul Lambert insists he has no desire in taking the vacant manager’s position at Celtic
When asked about taking on the role by Rangers hero Barry Ferguson, Lambert told Go Radio: ‘Listen like you, you know what it is like.
‘I had eight great years there and wouldn’t want to ruin what I have with Celtic supporters – probably the way you do at Rangers.
‘Glasgow was my life a long time ago and I’ve moved on from there I guess.’
Host Rob Maclean then asked the former Aston Villa and Norwich man what it would take to see him back at Parkhead.
He continued: ‘No Rob. As I said I had eight great years as a player there.
‘Some hard times and some incredible moments and good times. But I think that side of it is not for me.
Lambert (left) doesn’t want to ‘ruin eight years as a player at the club’ by managing Celtic
‘Whoever gets it needs to know that the football club needs to win and it has to have success. If you finish second you are last. I think that is the easy way to sum it up.’
A costly exit to Ferencvaros in the Champions League was followed by the Boli Bolingoli Covid fiasco, a dismal Europa League campaign, a Betfred Cup exit to Ross County and a string of bad results in the league sunk hopes of ten-in-a-row, and ultimately, cost Lennon his job.
Lambert, who spent five years alongside Lennon in the heart of Celtic’s midfield, insists the current crop of players need to take their share of the blame.
He fumed: ‘Some of the guys, if they don’t want to be there then they have to go. You have to move them out. I watched the game against Ross County the other week and they never turned up. They never laid a glove on them. That’s not Celtic.
‘Some of them looked as if they didn’t want to be there and that was the big thing for me. If that’s the case you have to move them out. I don’t think the players will be given grace this time around, I think they have to get it back.
It comes after Neil Lennon (pictured) stepped down as Celtic boss after an abysmal campaign
Lambert (left), who played alongside Lennon (right) for five years at Celtic, was seen as a potential candidate for the Parkhead job
‘You’re representing a global institution of a football club, it’s not as if it’s just a European club. It’s worldwide. And the pressure should be there, it should be there. If you’re at the top and you’re competing with Rangers the pressure should be on your shoulders to win games.
‘I think there’s been an acceptance from some of them, looking at it.
‘John (Hartson) will tell you in the old days we just wouldn’t put up with that, Barry (Ferguson) will tell you in his dressing room they wouldn’t put up with that.
‘It’s an acceptance of, “I don’t want to shout at my team-mate in case he clams in on himself or doesn’t like the criticism”. Well sometimes I think you need it. I played with guys who won World Cups and were unbelievable in a dressing room when things weren’t going right.
‘They won things at the highest level. Regardless of who you are, if you’re not doing the job you’ve got to be told to get your finger out.
‘Looking at the Ross County game I think they let Lenny down. It’s dead easy hiding behind Lenny, they’ve got to look at themselves in the mirror and say, ‘we didn’t perform’.
Lambert insists the current crop of Celtic players need to take their share of the blame
‘It’s dead easy to hide behind a manager when things are not going right and they’ve got to take responsibility themselves.’
Lennon’s assistant John Kennedy – who claimed Lennon will be ‘relieved’ after his reign came to an end – won his first game in temporary charge on the club following their 1-0 win over Aberdeen and is among the favourites to land the role full-time.
Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and Frank Lampard – who was sacked by Chelsea last month – have also been linked with the Celtic hotseat.
West Ham boss David Moyes however has ruled himself out of a return to the club, having taken the Premier League side to fourth in the table.