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Lambert and Brown bury the hatchet.

CELTIC star Paul Lambert last night insisted his feud with Jock Brown is over.

Lambert criticised GM Brown in his book, A Bhoys Own Story, for delaying his transfer to Celtic from Borussia Dortmund and for apparently not rating him as a player.

It was reported that Brown carpeted Lambert for his comments, claiming the player was in breach of contract.

But yesterday, ironically at a book-signing to promote his autobiography, Lambert poured cold water on suggestions he and Jock are at loggerheads.

Lambert said: "I have my opinion, Jock has his, but a lot of people have made it out that we were at each other's throats.

"We have spoken about it but this story is a year old and has been blown out of proportion. It's nowhere near as bad as people are thinking.

"I do my job and Jock does his. The way it has been portrayed is as though it has been a massive argument and it hasn't been."

Lambert refuted claims he may be leaving Parkhead. He said "I will continue to do my best for the club to make it as successful as possible."

If that was not enough, Celtic later issued an official statement signed by Lambert, just to confirm that he and Jock can work together.

Sadly for Lambert only TEN people turned up to yesterday's book-signing.

Following Tuesday's dismal 4-2 UEFA Cup defeat by FC Zurich, Celtic fans have been talking of protests and boycotts to let Brown and Celtic managing director Fergus McCann know how they feel.

But Lambert insisted he had sympathy with the fans' anger at Celtic's Euro exit.

He said: "I understand the fans' point of view. They come week in, week out in incredible numbers and if we are not producing it on the park then they have a right to criticise."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Sinclair, Paul
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 6, 1998
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