Paul Lambert and David Moyes have both been quoted by Sky Sports as ruling out moves from England to Celtic to replace Neil Lennon, after the Northern Irishman’s resignation was confirmed on Wednesday morning.
Lennon opted to end his Celtic spell after falling 18 points behind Rangers with just eight league games to play. He has failed to secure 10 in a row, while recruitment, Boli Bolingoli, a trip to Dubai and plenty of other issues contributed to his exit.
Plenty have been linked. Eddie Howe, Frank Lampard, Roberto Martinez and plenty more have been linked – while Lambert and Moyes are both renowned for their ties to Scottish football and Celtic, having played for the Scottish champions.
Ipswich manager Lambert ruled out a move to Celtic, stating he does not want to ruin his relationship with the club’s fans – while Moyes is currently sitting fourth in the Premier League with West Ham. Clearly, he does not want to leave that.
Lambert: “I played for eight years, but I left the Glasgow scene a long time ago. That’s not my life anymore. I don’t want to tarnish the good feelings I have with the Celtic fans. Maybe I’ll go back as a fan, that’s all I can say.”
Moyes: “I’ve got no intention of going anywhere. The truth is, I just don’t want anything to get in the way of what we’re doing now. I’m really happy here, having a contract important but in football management, it’s not that important.”
TBR’s view – Who is likely to come in at Celtic?
Eddie Howe and Frank Lampard are both out of work and although Howe has been linked with bigger jobs, and Lampard has just come from Chelsea – both must put their egos aside and realise that a couple of years at Celtic can help their careers.
John Kennedy is in interim charge, but if Celtic want to enter a new era – he needs to be left behind. Roberto Martinez is an option but the chances of convincing him to join the Hoops, from Belgium, looks unlikely.
What is clear is that Celtic need a big name, one who can have a similar effect as to what Steven Gerrard has done at Rangers.