Paul Lambert responds when asked if Rangers spoke to him about Ibrox vacancy

Paul Lambert talks to the media as he is officially unveiled as Stoke City new manager at Britannia Stadium on January 16, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Lambert was out of work while Glasgow Rangers were looking for a new boss, but Graeme Murty landed the Ibrox role instead.

Paul Lambert talks to the media as he is officially unveiled as Stoke City new manager at Britannia Stadium on January 16, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Paul Lambert gave an emphatic response when asked if Rangers were talking to him about the recent managerial vacancy at Ibrox.

Rangers went two months without a full-time boss after Pedro Caixinha's sacking in late October, although Gers Under-20s coach Graeme Murty has since been handed the role until the end of the campaign.

Rangers manager Graeme Murty during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Ranger at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Lambert was unemployed throughout that period, before taking the reins at Stoke City earlier this week.

But when the former Celtic captain was asked if there was any chance he had been approached by the Bhoys' Old Firm rivals Rangers, he left Talksport listeners in little doubt.

"Oh no! Absolutely no chance. No, no," Lambert said on Wednesday's Jim White show. "I think it is [the phone melting in his hand] - I think the whole car’s melted!

"Listen, I had a fantastic time at Celtic. I’m really proud of what we done there, captaining the club and things like that. I always keep an eye on how they get on and there’s good people there, people I know well - Brendan’s doing a great job there.

25 Mar 2000:  Paul Lambert of Glasgow Celtic challenges Rod Wallace of Glasgow Rangers during the Scottish Premier Division match at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland.  Glasgow Rangers...

"My ties are obviously with Celtic, so absolutely not - that [the Rangers question] just makes me laugh."

Rangers have won seven of their 12 Premiership fixtures since Murty took temporary charge and will climb to second in the standings with a win against Aberdeen next week.

Lambert, meanwhile, will take charge of his first game as Stoke boss on Saturday, when Huddersfield Town visit the Bet365 Stadium.

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