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EX-CELT LAMBERT IN WELL LINK

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PAUL LAMBERT admits he would be interested in talking to Motherwell about the vacant manager’s role.

The former Celtic and Scotland skipper, who will celebrate his 53rd bithday in three days’ time, spent three years at Fir Park before he joined German giants Borussia Dortmund on a Bosman deal in 1996.

The Lanarkshire outfit are looking for a successor to Graham Alexander who was axed after the humiliating 3-0 aggregate European Conference League flop against Irish minnows Sligo Rovers.

Lambert has been without a club since leaving English League Three side Ipswich Town in February.

BALL BHOY…Paul Lambert keeps his concentration during his Celtic playing days.

The one-time international midfielder said: “I don’t think you can ever rule anything out.

“There have been jobs I have looked at down south and felt they weren’t right for me, but I gave the people the courtesy of talking to them.

“I never ever turned anyone down flat or refused to speak to them. I’ve spoken to a few and the timing just wasn’t quite right for me to come back in.

“I’ve just returned from Dortmund where I was meeting the Champions League team and I’ve been moving house, so I honestly haven’t thought about it.

“But I do know that I want to get back into the game and now I will be starting to look to see what is out there.”

Lambert, speaking to The Herald, added: “I know the situation with Motherwell and what happened with Graham Alexander, so I understand all of that.

“Maybe it’s a case of people putting two and two together and thinking that because I’m not working and have an affiliation with the club then I might look at it, but until I’m asked, I can never say whether I would say yes or no. People have to ask you.

“It’s always been a good club, Motherwell. I really enjoyed my time there. We had a right good side and a right good manager in Tommy McLean and then in big Alex McLeish, as well.

“It’s always been a good club and I always look out for how their results go.”

WAITING GAME…Paul Lambert during his Norwich City days – now he is ready for a return to management.

Lambert has extensive experience in the dug-out after kicking off his managerial career at Livingston in 2005.

He left after a year for Wycombe Wanderers and was on the move again two years later to Colchester United.
Norwich City lured him to Carrow Road in 2009 and he remained until Aston Villa came on the scene three years afterwards. However, things did not work out with the Midlands club and he was then on his way to Blackburn Rovers.
Lambert’s stay at Ewood Park was brief and a year afterwards he was installed as team boss at Wolves.
That appointment turned out to be equally as brief and he departed Molineux following a year in charge.
There was a quickfire stop at Stoke City before joining the Portman Road outfit in 2018.
Now it looks as though the Champions League winner is ready for another go as a gaffer.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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