FORMER Celtic skipper Paul Lambert is NOT interested in becoming Motherwell’s new boss.

The ex-Hoops inspirational midfielder has been linked with a return to the Fir Park club who sacked Stevie Hammell in the immediate aftermath of the shock 3-1 Scottish Cup exit against Raith Rovers on Saturday.

Twenty-four hours later, Ian McCall became the second managerial casualty of the weekend after Partick Thistle’s 3-2 loss at Ibrox.

Lambert, 53, who spent three years as a player at Well before his dramatic switch to Borussia Dortmund in 1996, is in no rush to return to the dug-out, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

The one-time Scotland international captain has been out of work since being axed by League One Ipswich Town two years ago.

EURO STAR…Paul Lambert makes an all-out challenge against Porto in the 2003 UEFA League Cup Final in Seville.

Lambert, who was signed by Wim Jansen after a year with the German giants and was one of Celtic’s leading figures in halting Rangers’ hopes of a tenth successive title, completed his UEFA Pro Licence refresher course last summer.

A move abroad appears more likely for the man of many clubs who kicked off his managerial career at Livingston in June 2005 before moving to Wycombe Wanderers and onto Colchester United before switching to Norwich City.

In his spell as a boss across the border he has also been in the dug-outs at Aston Villa, Wolves, Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City.

Former Ross County gaffer Stuart Kettlewell, Motherwell’s lead development coach, has taken over in an interim capacity and will be in charge during Wednesday’s home game against St Mirren.

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