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I'd be snoring an o.g. if I banged on about my success; PAUL WON'TSING LIKE A CANARY.

Byline: GAVIN BERRY

PAUL LAMBERT insists he never mentions his success as a player to his Norwich troops - because tales of his career are BORING.

The former Scotland star lifted the greatest prize in club football when he helped Borussia Dortmund to a stunning Champions League success in 1997.

Lambert also starred for his country in the opening game of the 1998 World Cup against the mighty Brazil and won domestic silverware with Celtic, as well as helping the Hoops reach the UEFA Cup Final in Seville eight years ago.

Now he's cutting it as one of the top up-and-coming managers as he chases a second successive promotion with the Canaries which would see them end a six-year exile from the top flight.

But Lambert doesn't use his own experiences to spur on his players. He said: "My career is only for my memory. It's not for me to say I've done X, Y and Z.

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"I know what I've done, I know what I've won. I know the players I've played with, I know the clubs I've played with. But if you start to spout off what you've done then people turn off and it's boring for myself saying it.

"My playing career is finished. It was terrific when I had it and I was fortunate to play with world-class footballers and terrific sides. But it was a career only for my memory - not for anybody else."

Lambert's big break came when he secured a move from Motherwell to Germany following a trial with Dortmund where he enjoyed a successful relationship with top boss Ottmar Hitzfeld.

The highlight of his time there was the 3-1 Champions League Final victory over Juventus in 1997 when he came up against world stars Zinedine Zidane and Didier Deschamps.

Lamber t said: "I knew Juventus at that time were very powerful but I also had belief in my ability to handle being in that company.

"I was playing with people who had won World Cups and Serie A and Bundesliga titles. I had Andreas Moeller, Matthias Sammer, Steffen Freund, Karl-Heinz Riedle, Paulo Sousa - phenomenal footballers - beside me.

"Not many British players - let alone Scots - have won it and I'm probably more proud of that than anything."

Scottish players trying their luck abroad remains a rarity, although Kenny Miller recently took the opportunity to head to Turkey af ter leaving Rangers to join Bursaspor.

Lambert said: "It's okay going abroad but it must be the right club. British players can find it hard to adjust. It's you who has to adapt to them, not the other way around."

Lambert was recently a target for Burnley and has been linked with other posts but insists nothing will distract him in his bid to get Norwich back in the big time. Even when asked if he'd like to one day boss Scotland, he said: "At this moment I think club football is what I want to do. I want to try to do the best we can with Norwich.

"You can never predict what's going to happen but I'm delighted by what's been achieved here."

Lambert was speaking to Yahoo! through its partnership with the League Managers Association. Visit The Dugout at www.yahoo.co.uk /dugout.

JOHAN MJALLBY last night hailed Hoops star Charlie Mulgrew, left, who has made a seamless transition from left-back to centre-half to fill in for the injured Thomas Rogne. The Celtic No. 2, a fearsome stopper in his heyday, said: "Charlie's overall game has surprised us, he keeps growing in confidence at centre-half. Ini tially, he was a bit too eager to win the ball but now knows when t o go for it and when to drop off. He has been sensational. Maybe this is going to be his best position. Charlie is deadly at set-pieces, so has a lot going for him."

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