Sources: Lampard stance on taking over at Celtic revealed as Rangers blueprint eyed by chiefs
Frank Lampard will resist the chance to put his name forward to be the new Celtic manager but is open to the position in the summer, Football Insider understands.
The 42-year-old was linked with the Glasgow giants as well as Crystal Palace and Bournemouth after being sacked by Chelsea at the end of last month.
Neil Lennon resigned as Celtic manager at 7am on Wednesday, with John Kennedy placed in interim charge while the club set their sights on a new permanent boss.
A source with knowledge of Lampard’s situation told Football Insider his plan is to recharge his batteries and continue the break initially enforced by Chelsea.
He will then assess his options before looking to take a new managerial post in the summer ahead of next season.
The Premier League legend is open to various possibilities, including in England’s top flight, overseas, as well as potentially Celtic.
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At Parkhead, Lennon has left on the back of a calamitous campaign in which their 10-in-a-row hopes have been left in tatters.
He has also overseen an exit from the Champions League at the qualifying stage at the hands of Ferencvaros, elimination from the League Cup at the hands of Ross County as well as an early Europa League departure.
The Rangers blueprint will certainly be eyed by the Celtic hierarchy.
Steven Gerrard, Lampard’s former England midfield ally, has reinvigorated Rangers and is set to secure their 55th title after a remarkable campaign.
One division Lampard is not keen on at this stage is a return to the English Championship.
The former England midfielder feels he has nothing to prove at that level after taking Derby County to the promotion play-offs in his one season in charge.