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Celtic: Lampard has turned down advances to return to management

Will Celtic ever find themselves a new manager? For the Bhoys, it has been a meticulous but frustrating search for Neil Lennon’s successor.

Roy Keane was the first favourite but now Eddie Howe has surpassed him in the pecking order. Former Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre also appears to be in the frame.

What’s the word?

One name touted with becoming the next Hoops boss in recent months has been Frank Lampard

He was sacked from his role with Chelsea in late January and is yet to find a new role in football.

Lampard has rarely spoken out since leaving the Blues but he revealed the latest on his future when speaking to Sky Sports this week.

Amid links to Celtic, he revealed that a number of teams had been in contact with him:

“I’ve had some opportunities that have come up in the last six weeks, two months, that have been flattering but not the right thing,” Lampard began.

Who would you prefer at Parkhead?

Howe

Howe

Lampard

Lampard

The Englishman continued: “Nobody wants to lose their job and come out of the game you love, but at the same time, when you go into this career, this will happen, no matter how good you think you are or whatever circumstances you are in.”

Good news for Celtic

Plenty of complications have emerged in the club’s pursuit of Howe in recent days. Firstly, it was claimed that the 43-year-old would not return to management until the summer.

Secondly, issues have arisen regarding Celtic’s choice of director of football. A deal to bring Fergal Harkin in was reportedly 90% done but Howe wants his companion at Bournemouth, Richard Hughes, to be given the role instead.

The issue with that, according to Frank McAvennie, is that Hughes doesn’t want to come to Glasgow.

With that in mind, Celtic will need to find an alternative. The Bhoys view Favre in that light but if they are yet to contact Lampard then they need to get on the phone right away.

If no communications have been made with the former midfielder then it can only be a good thing that he’s turned down advances.

We are yet to official hear word of a direct line of contact between Lampard and Dermot Desmond so it could be the case that he’s rejected offers from other clubs.

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The 42-year-old would be an ideal fit for Celtic so should certainly be in the conversation. He worked well at Chelsea when he was unable to sign any players, taking them to a place in the Champions League despite a transfer ban.

He is also exceptional at working with young players. He brought through the likes of Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount, Reece James and Tammy Abraham at Chelsea, establishing them as first-team players.

This could be game-changing for a club like Celtic who haven’t been good at handing their reserve players many opportunities. Cameron Harper left for New York Red Bulls because of a lack of chances while Karamoko Dembele could leave too.

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