Paul Lambert responds when asked if he was approached by Rangers for manager job
Stoke City boss Paul Lambert has revealed there was “absolutely no chance” he was in talks with Rangers about replacing Pedro Caixinha as manager at Ibrox.
Caixinha was sacked in October after seven months in charge at Ibrox with the Light Blues eventually handing Under-20’s head coach Graeme Murty the reins until the end of the season.
Lambert spent eight years at Celtic Park as a player and captained the side who were beaten in the final of the 2003 UEFA Cup by Jose Mourinho’s Porto in Seville.
The former Celtic star replaced Mark Hughes at the Bet365 Stadium earlier this week and – despite being a Rangers fan as a youngster – admitted his “ties” are now with Celtic.
“Oh no! Absolutely no chance. No, no,” Lambert said on Wednesday’s Jim White show on Talksport when he was asked if he had been approached by Ibrox.
“Listen, I had a fantastic time at Celtic. I’m really proud of what we done there, captaining the club and things like that. I always keep an eye on how they get on and there’s good people there, people I know well – Brendan’s doing a great job there.
“My ties are obviously with Celtic, so absolutely not – that just makes me laugh.”
Rangers have won seven of their 12 Premiership fixtures since Murty took in October with the 43-year-old also picking up a creditable 0-0 draw away to Celtic in the last game before the winter break.
The Gers return to action on Sunday when they travel north to face Highland League minnows Fraserburgh in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup at tiny Bellslea Park.
Lambert will take charge of his first game as Stoke boss on Saturday, when Huddersfield Town visit the Bet365 Stadium in the Premier League.
In other Rangers news, this £50,000-a-week forward eager to move to Ibrox is within 48 hours of a switch.
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