It would be fair to say that opinions in Celtic ranks are divided about Peter Lawwell. I tend towards those who support him, pointing to the unprecedented sustained success IN SCOTLAND that we achieved when Peter was around.
It was of course the repeated dismal failings IN EUROPE that caused the angst, particularly as I recall against teams which began with the letter M – Malmo, Maribor and a few others.
However no useful purpose is served by raking that up again. The new regime will be judged and will stand or fall on whether it brings Celtic back to be a force in Europe. There can really be no excuse for a club with our following doing so badly in Europe. In fact it is often commented upon in foreign newspapers that the Celtic Park atmosphere on European night is the best in the world – and they are all there to see what it, by European standards, a team which is moderate at best, and which singularly fails to live up to the awesome Stein legacy.
So, Peter and Ange, this is what we are looking for. We all know that it is possible to blame players for missing chances, for giving away soft goals, for being caught out of position and being overwhelmed by the atmosphere abroad. Your job is to produce players who WON’T do such things.
There is of course a League to be won first. Things are “reasonably optimistic” for 2023, but it would be a fool who would say anything more than that, at this stage. And of course we want the two domestic cup trophies as well!
We live in interesting and exciting times. It behoves our support to get behind everyone at the club; it behoves our Board of Directors to be transparent about things like money; and it behoves our players to avail themselves of the privilege of wearing the green and white hoops.
Things keep changing about the commitment of players vis a vis their contracts and “the buying in” and “selling on” of players. Although we long for the long term commitment of men like McGrory, McNeill, Aitken and McGrain, we have to realise that things are not like that any more. This should not matter, as long as any player who steps on the field at Celtic Park realises that, even if he is not going to be here for ever, he is nevertheless, playing for the greatest show on earth.
The task for Mr Lawwell will be an interesting and challenging one. Like every one of us, he is a Celtic supporter. I wish him well.
It’s fair to say that Niall J, also of this parish, is certainly NOT in the Forgive and Forget camp as he outlined on The Celtic Star last night, in a highly praised article on the matter of the return of Peter Lawwell as Celtic Chairman, replacing Ian Bankier.
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If it were possible to give an article a standing ovation today I’d be giving it to this one. Brilliant. Niall, take a bow my man. Just splendid. https://t.co/7zA5Z9hSeT
— TheCelticBlog (@CelticBlog2018) December 2, 2022
READ THIS FROM NIALL J…The gaslighting of the Celtic support has returned alongside Peter Lawwell
— Celticunderground (@celticrumours) December 2, 2022
And talking of Jock Stein…