Paul Lambert warns rival as they fight for Celtic job

Former Norwich City and Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has warned Brendan Rodgers not to underestimate the size of the task if he takes over from Ronny Deila as manager at Celtic Park.

Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond has confirmed to the BBC that the club have talked to “in excess of six” candidates for the role with Rodgers confirmed to be among them.

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Former Blackburn boss Lambert (also rumoured to be in the running for the job) is quoted by the Scottish Sun as saying Rodgers could succeed at Parkhead but he must understand the club’s size:

“Could Brendan go in and do it? I think he could but I think there will be a lot of hurdles he’ll need to get over to meet the demands of it. He’ll know the club being Northern Irish but I think Celtic is still a massive club to take on.”

“It would be totally different from Liverpool if Brendan got it because Liverpool’s a massive club and you can’t go to Celtic and think it’s an inferior club. It’s not. Celtic’s a huge football club.”

Rodgers is currently the bookies’ favourite for the post, and Celtic are expected to approach their favoured candidate in the next few days and begin negotiations.

Earlier in the week chief executive Peter Lawwell confirmed that the club are looking at appointing a new manager by the end of the month with Rodgers, Lambert, Roy Keane, David Moyes, Neil Lennon and Malky Mackay believed to be the main candidates for the position.