Football website 90Min have claimed that Celtic are considering a move to bring Paul Lambert back to the club from third-tier English outfit Ipswich Town – despite releasing a second statement, backing under-fire Neil Lennon.
The Hoops lost even more ground in their pursuit for 10 in a row on Sunday afternoon as they failed to beat St. Johnstone at home. They now have just two wins in 12 games, a run many thought Lennon would not survive.
However, Celtic issued a second statement backing their manager despite further protests following the result. Out of Europe, out of the Betfred Cup and 13 points behind Rangers – their start could not have been much worse.
Now, 90Min claim Lambert is being considered. Lambert, 51, played for Celtic 273 times – winning the league four times, two Scottish Cups, two League Cups and was part of the side that reached the UEFA Cup final in 2003.
Since then, the Celtic icon has managed numerous English clubs including Aston Villa, Norwich City and Stoke City in the Premier League. It is believed Celtic will only make an approach if they do indeed sack Lennon.
TBR’s view – Lambert would be an excellent appointment
Celtic have a few choices. They can sack Lennon and promote from within, return to another former manager as they did with Lennon. for example, Gordon Strachan. Go for a big name, Eddie Howe perhaps?
Or they can be somewhat realistic, but also approach a manager that knows the club, will have a strong connection with supporters and has a CV that includes multiple clubs in the Premier League and impressive stint at Ipswich.
Sitting third in League One, Lambert would be the ideal appointment. Howe would be eaten alive at Celtic, Strachan would be another short-term solution – like Lennon. Lambert is the best candidate.