Opinion: Peter Lawwell, Ghost at the Feast and no amount of spin will change that

My heart sank yesterday like a rich tea biscuit into a roasting hot brew when I read that Peter Lawwell was back in an official capacity at Celtic Park. It’s beyond the realms of any reasonable person to honestly paint this decision as anything other than it is: shocking and dangerous.

Lawwell had his bite at the cherry and enjoyed almost two decades of running the Celtic football operations as if he were a footballing whizzkid. Unfortunately for us – yeno the fans? – we had to endure him lurch from one disaster to the next as he fumbled around trying to meet the bottom line for Daddy Dermot without the hint or even a scintilla of a rational plan for our football club.

 Dermot Desmond (L) and Chief Executive of Celtic Peter Lawwell look on prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg match between Celtic FC and FC Internazionale Milano at Celtic Park Stadium on February 19, 2015. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Trying to overreach his boundaries continually, it worked with Lennon (which is why he wanted him back in the lead up to the ten) and Deila but he couldn’t get Rodgers to get on board. As Niall J pointed to in his brilliant piece on the debacle yesterday, we have replaced one autocracy with another. It’s even more pernicious than the last actually; they make out they are benign custodians but really they are chancers just the same.

Neil Lennon the manager of Celtic with Peter Lawwell, Chief Executive of Celtic brfore the Scottish Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 14, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It stinks. It stinks to the high heavens if you ask me. Lawwell and his debauched ways cast a dark shadow around the beating heart of Celtic Football Club and should have been cut out for good when he stepped down as CEO. Never fear though when Desmond is here, right? It’s an under shambles this appointment and if we’re not careful it will see off another top-class manager in Ange Postecoglou.

Peter Lawwell Chief Executive, Brendan Rodgers and Celtic Chairman Iain Bankier during the unveiling of new Manager, Brendan Rodgers at Celtic Park Glasgow on May 23, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

I’m having none of it from the Lawwell fanboys and groupies; if they hadn’t supported this imposter so vociferously maybe, just maybe, we wouldn’t have spent an hiatus away from Champions League football and been left with the gargantuan bridge to gap that big Ange is trying mightily hard to address.

Peter Lawwell is the Ghost at the Feast and no amount of spin is going to change that fact.

Get the brasso out, Peter’s back in town.

Cetlic Chief Exectutive Peter Lawwell looks on during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

1 Comment

  1. Couldn’t agree more. Absolutely scunnered he’s inveigled his sleekit way back in the club.