Former Macclesfield Town boss spotted Lambert's potential after he was released from Liverpool.
Rickie Lambert’s former manager has spoken of his pride when he heard the striker had secured his £4 million move from Southampton to Liverpool.
It’s well documented that after being released from his boyhood club at the age of 15, Lambert had to rebuild his career and climb the football league ladder over a prolonged period.
Gil Prescott signed Lambert when he was 19 for Maccelsfield Town and despite the forward not having the highest of fitness levels, Prescott praised Lambert for his hunger and desire to play football and make it as a professional.
He's quoted in the Bristol Post, saying: "He always had this awareness and quality about him. He was a midfielder as well as a centre-forward, he used to play as a number ten, but he sees things so quickly.
"When we took him I didn't play him initially, but I said the higher he goes the better he will become and people looked at me as if I was an idiot.
"In the lower leagues you get hassled, they tread on you, but a bit higher up they give you time and if you give Rickie time he will hurt you.
"I just admire Rickie's fortitude. He has gone through some bad times, places you wouldn't necessarily want to be, but he has always kept the faith and he's done brilliantly. I'm so, so proud of him."
Now Lambert is at the highest level he has ever been at. Having helped Southampton to back-to-back promotions to get them to the Premier League, and help them to an eighth placed finish, Lambert now has a chance in a team that unexpectedly challenged for the Premier League title last season, and will perform in the Champions League.
The interesting thing that is highlighted from Prescott’s words are just how versatile Lambert was when he was younger, and it’s a quality that is on show particularly when he drops in between the lines - and possibly something that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will look to use at times.
When it comes to getting better the higher he gets, the fact he has been recognised at international level could be testament to that, having recently scored his third goal for his country in the 2-2 draw against Ecuador in Miami as England prepare for the World Cup.