Ex-Celtic captain Paul Lambert suffers scare; Ipswich protests get ugly

By Euan Davidson

February 16, 2021

For ex-Celtic captain Paul Lambert, things are getting progressively weirder.

The Ipswich boss has been under enormous pressure this season. And subsequently, the East Anglian side’s supporters set fire to the club’s training ground in response to the club’s poor form yesterday morning.

Lambert was on a shoogly peg from the start, as a member of Norwich City’s Hall of Fame [BBC]. As rivalries go, it’s not quite El Classico between Ipswich and Norwich but the bad blood is certainly there. So, with that in mind, there’s a particular ire directed Lambert’s way for the failings of the side this term.

In a statement shared by the Daily Mail, Ipswich Town announced:

“There was an incident at the training ground this morning where flares were thrown over a perimeter fence adjacent to the players.

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“The flares caused signage on the fence to catch alight and in doing so put our staff at risk. The police were called and are investigating the matter. The supporters’ group concerned have apologised for their actions.”

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Former Celtic captain Paul Lambert in real trouble

It’s not looking good for Lambert at Ipswich.

Lambo could do little to prevent the beleaguered club sliding into League One, where they now sit 12th [Sky Sports]. With three defeats in their last six matches, a mediocre mid-table finish is probably the best outcome when May rolls around.

Still, endangering your own players and staff is – to put it diplomatically – a riddy. There’s a point where legitimate protest becomes daft and dangerous; chucking flares haphazardly over a training ground fence probably qualifies, it’s fair to say.

It’s hard not to feel sorry for Paul. A Premier League manager not so long ago, his stock has fallen at a rapid rate. His love for Celtic is obvious; not too long ago he was asking our players where their professional pride is [Daily Record].

So perhaps the answer for Lambert in the short-term is to leave the baggage of Ipswich, and take up a lesser role at a club like Celtic. His experience and passion could be an asset to a backroom staff looking to restore some pride next season.

In any event, he needs out of East Anglia. With the fans on his back, it looks like it’ll be a decision taken out of the Champions League winner’s hands before too long.

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