Want-away Holt features for Norwich in Drury testimonial but Lambert refuses to talk about striker
22:27 GMT, 22 May 2012
Norwich manager Paul Lambert refused to be drawn on speculation over the future of captain Grant Holt and himself after the Canaries recorded a 2-0 win against Scottish champions Celtic for Adam Drury's testimonial match at Carrow Road.
Goals from James Vaughan and Henri Lansbury, making a guest appearance at one of his former loan clubs, gave the hosts a comfortable victory in front of an 18,500 crowd, with a large vocal travelling support.
Holt started in attack tonight, despite having lodged a formal transfer request, which was rejected by the club.
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Lambert, though, deflected questions about the speculation over the striker, who scored 15 Premier League goals to help keep the Canaries up, and also his own position, having been linked with the vacancy at Aston Villa.
'There is no point asking me. I am telling you I am not answering it. I know what is going on but this is Adam's game,' Lambert said in the post-match press conference.
'It is not about Grant, it is not about me, it is about Adam Drury.
'This isn't the night for those questions. Don't ask me negative things about me or Grant.
'I am delighted I am at Norwich if that is what you are asking.
'I have never said a word that I want to get away. Not a thing and people jump to conclusions about what I say or don't say.”
Drury, 33, joined the Canaries from Peterborough in March 2001, going on to captain the club when they were promoted to the Premier League under Nigel Worthington, then remaining loyal when the Norwich sank down to npower League One three years ago.
However, the veteran full-back has yet to discover whether he will be given a contract extension for next season, having helped Lambert's side retain their top-flight status.
Lambert was giving little away. He said: 'I have had a chat with him and he knows what is going on.
'Adam is thinking about a few things and I will see what he thinks in the next few days, I am sure.”
Lambert paid tribute to Drury's service, though.
Testimonial: Adam Drury was hailed before the game
He said: 'Tonight was fitting for somebody who has been here for 11 years, and to get Celtic down here with their fans certainly makes for an atmosphere.
'In the three years I have been here, Adam has been brilliant.'
Celtic boss Neil Lennon brought a mix of youth and experience down to Norfolk. Under-17s' captain Stuart Findlay was in defence and 29-goal Gary Hooper – a reported target for Southampton – in attack, while on-loan goalkeeper Fraser Forster returned to Carrow Road, where he was part of the Canaries' 2010 League One title side.
Lennon was happy to have been part of the evening.
Zipped shut: Paul Lambert did not want to talk about Holt
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'It has been a long season for our senior boys, so it was a good opportunity to play some of the younger ones. I am very pleased with the way we played,' he said.
Celtic have opened talks over an improved contract for striker Hooper and Lennon hopes to also tie up the future of Forster.
'His agent is in tomorrow, so we are hoping we can move things on pretty quick,' said Lennon.
'We have been delighted with him in the two years he has been here and are hoping we can bed him down for another two or three after that.'
Hooper has scored some vital goals this season, and is set to be rewarded with a new deal to try to fend off predators from south of the border.
Lennon, though, stressed: 'Gary is one of our best players, and quite rightly so, he will be looking to get a wage increase, and we don't have a problem with that.'
Celtic are also on the trail of Norwegian midfielder Markus Henriksen from Rosenborg.
'We have not made any contact with the club yet, but he is a player we admire,' said Lennon.
'We have got a bit of work to do with trimming the squad before we can possibly even think about bringing players in, but we have targets for three or four positions.
'We do like the player, but I do not know if we will be able to get a bid going in the next few days or not.'