Sources: Lampard stance on taking over at Celtic right now revealed

Frank Lampard does not want an immediate return to management amid speculation he could be the new Celtic manager, Football Insider understands.

The 42-year-old has been linked with the Scottish giants as well as Crystal Palace and Championship promotion hopefuls since he was sacked by Chelsea last week.

A source with knowledge of Lampard’s situation told Football Insider he is keen for a break over the coming months before assessing his options in the summer.

 

The source revealed Lampard has been the subject of an approach from a ‘top’ club since his 18-month Chelsea reign came to an end.

But the England and Chelsea legend wants to recharge his batteries before accepting the third management post of his career.

His preference would be to land a Premier League job in the summer but he would also be open to the Celtic job or a leading one overseas.

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At Parkhead, Neil Lennon is widely expected to lose his job on the back of a calamitous campaign in which their 10-in-a-row hopes have been left in tatters.

Lampard, whose first job was at Derby County in the Championship, does not want to drop back down to the English second tier.

The Sun linked the former midfielder with the vacant Bournemouth post today following the sacking of Jason Tindall earlier this week.

Coach Jonathan Woodgate will take temporary charge but the club confirmed they want to appoint a permanent replacement “as swiftly as possible”.

Lampard led Derby to the play-off final in his only season in charge in 2018-19.

He then took over at Chelsea and led them to a top-four finish and an FA Cup final in his only full season at Stamford Bridge.

In other news, a top pundit has slaughtered Jeremie Frimpong for what he’s done to Celtic.