Paul Lambert responds when asked about potentially succeeding Ronny Deila at Celtic

The Blackburn boss has been linked with the job after announcing that he will leave the Championship side at the end of the season.

Paul Lambert has refused to comment on whether he would like to succeed Ronny Deila as Celtic manager after announcing that he would be leaving Blackburn at the end of the season, but did admit that it would be a great opportunity for whoever takes over at Parkhead, The Scottish Sun reports.

The former Hoops midfielder is planning to leave the Championship side after their final two games of the campaign, but rather than outline his future plans, he insisted that it is too soon to discuss potentially returning to his old club.

"Ronny has done ever so well and I think Champions League is important to the football club and Scotland as a whole," he told The Scottish Sun.

"I think it's important to qualify for that but I'm not in a position to say I'll go for the Celtic job or not.

"I'm not like that as a person. I'm not in a position to do anything other than try to win two games for Blackburn."

Despite attempting to distance himself from throwing his name into the hat, Lambert raved about his time with the Scottish Premiership side, and hinted that it would be the kind of chance that most would struggle to turn down.

"It's a great club, fantastic fan base but I will never criticise anybody for being in that job. Whoever gets the Celtic job will be at a great club."

While the 46-year-old has endured difficult spells at both Blackburn and Aston Villa, the latter's recent relegation to the second tier perhaps suggests that he did an excellent job at delaying the inevitable and somewhat stabilising a sinking ship for much of his tenure.

The job that he did at Norwich before he was given his chance at Villa Park suggests that he has the potential to be a fantastic option if at the right club. Under his leadership, the Canaries enjoyed back-to-back promotions to reach the Premier League.

And with Lambert having a clear understanding of what the expectations at Celtic are, he would arguably be one of the candidates that the club's board would be foolish not to consider.

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