New Celtic general manager Dominic McKay must bring instant success and won’t have time to settle in, according to Paul Lambert, who also says that “doesn’t matter” who replaces Neil Lennon as as manager at Parkhead.
McKay, currently manager of the Scottish Rugby Union, is due to replace Peter Lawwell on July 1, but many believe the change must be made now following Lennon’s resignation and the collapse of Celtic’s 10-back bid.
He is expected to lead the hunt for Lennon’s successor when he takes over, while a behind-the-scenes restructuring means hiring someone to take on a director of football role will also feature well. place on McKay’s to-do list.
“Rugby is a whole different sport,” said Lambert, the former Celtic player and boss of Ipswich Town. Sky Sports. “If he thinks he will go there and be applauded by everyone, that doesn’t quite work in the Glasgow Goldfish Bowl.
“He’s going to have to hit the ground running. He’s going to have to win. Peter Lawwell did a fantastic job. [in that role] during the last years.
“At Celtic you have to win. It doesn’t matter whether Barcelona, Manchester United or Manchester City come to town tomorrow. The fans expect you to win. Some people can’t handle that. Can you win title after title? “
In Celtic, you have to win. It doesn’t matter if Barcelona, Manchester United or Manchester City come to town tomorrow. Fans expect you to win.
“You have to realize that if you finish second you fail. The new GM has to look at the big picture. You have to collect trophies and swing the pendulum in your direction.
“Nine years of domination… they have to get it back. If he thinks he will have one or two years of grace, he will not get it. And rightly so, he shouldn’t get it.
“That’s the nature of Celtic. It’s a world club. Not just European. It’s global with the fan base. He has to realize he has to hit the ground running.”
Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, who led the club from the League 2 pit to the Premier League, as well as former Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard and current Scotland boss all have been linked to the work of the Celtic manager.
Lambert, who has excluded himself from the race to replace Lennon, said it “doesn’t matter” that the club brings, instead, believing that anyone needs to understand the pressure that comes with the role.
“It doesn’t matter who Celtic’s next manager is,” he added. “Whether it’s a foreign manager or a Brit, you hope whoever comes in will understand how to win each week. Not to finish second. Not to be a finalist in the cup final.”
“Criticism would come heavily, and so it should. That’s how it should be. You should have the pressure on your shoulders at Celtic. If you’re a player there, that’s a responsibility.”
“It’s a world club. It’s not a small club where you could get away with losing three and drawing. You have to win every week. That’s whoever comes in.”
When asked if he would consider applying for the Celtic job, given his ties to the club as a former player and fan, Ipswich boss Lambert said: “I played for eight years, but I left the Glasgow scene a long time ago.
“It’s not my life anymore. I don’t want to tarnish the good feelings I have with Celtic fans. We won a lot, preventing Rangers from winning ten. [league titles] in a row in 1998. It was an incredible achievement.
“Maybe I’ll come back as a fan, that’s all I can say.”
Celtic are back live on Sky Sports on March 7 as they travel to Tannadice to face Dundee United.
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