Paul Lambert wants ten-in-a-row winners to face off against ten-in-a-row stoppers

By John McGinley

May 24, 2020

Former Celtic captain Paul Lambert is assuming that Neil Lennon’s team will make it ten league titles in a row next term and wants to play in a special exhibition match when that happens, The Sunday Post report.

Lambert was a big part of the 1997/98 Hoops side that denied Rangers the opportunity of surpassing Jock Stein’s famous nine-in-a-row winners of the 1960s and 70s.

By ‘stopping the 10’ that squad, working with Wim Jansen, made themselves Celtic icons and Lambert would later go on to enjoy more successful campaigns under Martin O’Neill.

Now the Champions League winner wants to play in a special match against Neil Lennon’s current side with all of his other teammates from 1998.

As quoted by The Sunday Post, he said: “What I’d love to see happen next year – assuming that Celtic retain the title – is to have an exhibition game between the team which won 10-in-a-row and the side which stopped Rangers doing 10-in-a-row.

“The proceeds could go to charity, and you’d raise a record amount if that could be organised.

“Can you imagine how many people would want to go to that? You’d need to build another Parkhead on top of the existing one to accommodate the demand!”

That really does sound like an incredibly special day. Could the Celtic support cope with the excitement of Odsonne Edouard and Henrik Larsson on the same pitch?

If all the profits helped the Celtic foundation, then obviously even better.

Lennon will be the first to caution there is so much hard work ahead to get to that point.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Although we ended up coasting to nine, it’ll be a mammoth effort from the players to be as consistent next term.

We can’t be celebrating 10-in-a-row before it has been won. That’s what’ll lead to our downfall more than anything.

Lambert’s suggestion though is a belter and hopefully the club take it on board as a potential plan for 2021 when crowds are back at Celtic Park.