Ibrox Humiliation is Lawwell’s Legacy – Celtic’s CEO Bows Out from his Beloved Old Firm

Duds in goals and both full-back positions, a lack of quality and fight all over the team, a rookie interim manager and a disgraceful season that we thought couldn’t get any worse. 60,000 mugs pitching up with at least £500 each and the added value promised has been nowhere to be seen and will never be delivered.

Losing 4-1 to theRangers in the dead rubber match means that they will be shouting about becoming Invincibles but that really is the last of our worries. What a shower this Celtic Board are. Picking up over £10m in compensation after Brendan Rodgers refused to take signing instructions from an accountant, he went into the changing rooms at Hampden to appoint Neil Lennon – but refused his request to bring in his own coaches. These were hand picked by the accountant.

Two full backs were sold to the Premier League and Bundesliga for £36.5m in recent seasons and we have today the terrible twins of Kenny (on loan form Everton) and Gregg Taylor, a signing from Kilmarnock who is so far off the quality required For Celtic that you actually find yourself sorry for the embarrassment that must be causing the player himself. We also had Diego Laxalt who appeared to infringe David Turnbull in taking not one but two corners.

The Old Firm is back, fully restored by the accountant running Celtic. Mugs running about for years talking about Persistence Beats Resistance, Integrity and asking for confirmation that the Celtic CEO had read the secretive and morally corrupt 5 Way Agreement. He of course told the Celtic AGM that he had not read it – and that is on the record.

No-one thought to ask, if that is the case why haven’t you read this as it forms part of the rules of game.

Renewals need to be out soon. The job that Dominic McKay and Eddie Howe (if or when) have is bigger than they thought.

So it’s goodbye to Peter Lawwell and good riddance. You have embarrassed the Hoops.

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk


  1. Jim O'Rourke on

    Im 55 been a fan all my life. In all those years ive seen some incredible highs and some unbelievable lows (raith rovers Inverness clyde to name but a few) but this season i can honestly say this is the worst, 23 points at least behind them out of the two cups and an absolute shambles in both European competitions. Ive never seen a team so lacking in just about everything you need and at the moment apart from possibly Turnbull and maybe forest i think every other established first team player can gradually be moved on..

  2. DAVID G. SMITH on

    “There is something rotten in the state of Denmark” as Shakespeare would say.

    Lawell must bear the brunt of the calamity that has befallen the club but his operating remit was fully approved and endorsed by the board and its major shareholder Desmond for decades who are all culpable and if they fail to see it within themselves then they are stupid too regardless of how much personal wealth they have accrued in their lifetimes.

    Business people? At the strategic operations level they have demonstrated only their abject failure.

    With the collapse of merchandise sales and the conspicuous silence on season tickets I believe that unless the board reinvest a good slice of the tens of millions that they have taken from dividends over the decades there will be no top echelon;

    Director of Football

    First Team Coach and Staff

    First Team Players

    Supporters should not underestimate the seriousness of the problem.
    Be under no illusions this has gravitated from being a “buy three high calibre players to top up the first team” to becoming a root and branch 75+ million plus problem.

    There is practically nothing and nobody within the Lawell business model that should be retained from anything remotely connected to delivering a first team on the field.
    If you have the misfortune to be diagnosed with a cancer then it is removed either surgically, by chemotherapy, radiotherapy or a combination of all three.

    Without all of the above we will not progress past the second qualifying round in Europe in any competition and will finish around third or fourth place in the coming football season.

    Cups? ……….Maybe yes maybe no.

    It is nothing short of complete failure of the strategic management process by the collective board and I personally have grave concerns as to their abilities to rectify the situation.

  3. James Mills on

    The Man Utd fans invaded the pitch today to protest at the running of their club – and they are on the verge of a European Final !
    Where does that put Celtic ?
    No doubt Lawwell and Co. are already organising a truck load of crash barriers to keep the Celtic fans away from the stadium , while simultaneously sending out renewals for the mugs !


  4. Daniel Curley on

    Nothing changes no lessons learned Lawwell Lennon and Kennedy and Strachan , 4 loanees and at least 4 players in addition who want to leave. Who is taking responsibility ? The silence is deafening Mr Desmond.

  5. Peter mcmurray on

    Yes the celtic board have took the fans money they sold millions of pounds in players devalued the team they not spent a fraction to what they sold brendon Rodgers was correct to leave celtic but he left a board trying to control him we were miles ahead of rangers but now find miles behind we are the second best team in Scotland now after dominating the Scottish league yes I put the blame entirely on the board they have been mean and miserable to the fans now there asking the fans to fork out there hard earned cash dont be fools I belive rangers will dominate Scottish football for years to come as a celtic fan saying this this board will cost us dearly and any manager will struggle under this board