Opinion: “Peter Lawwell and his board have acted appallingly,” Thoughts from afar on this debacle of a season

I have watched this debacle of a season unfold from afar, I live on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia, and have a few thoughts.

I along with nearly everyone of my Celtic supporting family and friends were disappointed, to say the least, when Neil was offered the role of Manager on a full time basis, there was glaring deficiencies in his team selection/tactics/in game management when compared to Brendan Rodgers and although he got us across the line to the Quadruple Treble, minus the Scottish Cup that would eventuate, that should have been that. I feel like the vast majority of our support felt/feels this way so I am not revising history with hindsight, merely pointing out his job was done and we needed someone at a higher level more akin to Rodgers.

As much as it pains me to say it, we could all see that theRangers were improving and were playing a better brand of football than us for the majority of the last two seasons, so we needed to ‘tool up’ and take the challenge seriously. We didn’t, or more specifically the powers that be, Peter Lawwell, didn’t!

We are reaping what he/they have speed by resting on our laurels. A better manager/head coach would have a fantastic opportunity to continue or recent unprecedented dominance as player for player we are still streets ahead of all others in Scotland in my opinion.

So where does the blame lie? Not with Lenny, he has tried his best but came up short, the writing was on the wall and Peter Lawwell and his board have acted appallingly in both keeping him in situ up to this season and after the humiliation of Europe this year.

Past glories are correctly attributed to the playing staff and management team and always will be, the corporate leadership will never be accorded the praise for on field achievements and rightfully so, again in my opinion. Trying to take the limelight and have influence on the pro has taken us to where we are now, lagging behind woefully in a season of potentially historic significance, let’s be honest it’s done, but that’s the rub of all this, with a different hand at the wheel that wouldn’t be the case!

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Time for massive change I feel, top down, and the longer we wait the more foolish we appear.

On the plus side, we are still the club we’ve always been, have the nucleus of a really good team and have the greatest fans in the world bar none! Even though I am as disappointed as anyone with what has happened I never lose sight of what it means to support Celtic, so keep the faith, Hail Hail and all the best!


READ THIS…David Low, Celtic Trust: “The collapse in the performance of the team, who is responsible and what we’re all going to do about it”

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 Comment

  1. It is widely accepted that would be managers who are in fact CEOs do nothing but damage if allowed in Football clubs,and the reason for our Implosion is because Lennon was the glove puppet for Lawell. So What was needed was a manager who would stand up but of course it wouldn’t be Lennon,unlike Brendan Rodgers. In the Football worldCeltic are seen as a nasty employer who is represented by a man, Lawell,who has no people skills whatsoever.