Testing the water for Peter Lawwell’s possible return as next Celtic Chairman

It seemed a strange comment to drop into an article which appeared to praise the work of Ange Postecoglou through gritted teeth, whilst keen to point out the weight of expectation the Celtic boss had built up last season may yet hold him down in this campaign.

To that end the giving with one hand and taking away with the other is par for the course for Keith Jackson when it comes to writing about Celtic.

Yet the comment regarding Peter Lawwell in Jackson’s Daily Record column this morning that only ‘curmudgeonly’ Celtic fans wouldn’t give credit to our former CEO and de facto director of football for bringing Ange Postecoglou to Celtic seemed somewhat out of keeping with the article itself.

Photo: Jeff Holmes

“There may be some curmudgeonly Celtic fans out there who find it impossible to give credit where it is due, but even they must give a grudging nod towards former chief executive Peter Lawwell for making this happen in the first place.

“They may have chased him out of office not that long ago but, before he left, Lawwell had the creative thinking to identify Postecoglou as the perfect parting present.”

Newcastle Head Coach Eddie Howe looks on during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newcastle United and Cambridge United at St James’ Park on January 08, 2022 (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

After three months of chasing Eddie Howe only to be jilted at the altar, the Celtic board were in a desperate situation. With all their eggs in the Howe basket Ange Postecoglou arrived and saved their bacon, but to dress it as in anyway ‘creative’ smacks of giving too much credit to our former CEO, or any other member of our board.

After all they sat on their hands when Neil Lennon should have been punted way sooner than he was, as a disastrous 20/21 season unravelled, and even then, no new manager was put in place. Instead, John Kennedy stepped into the breach showing any succession planning at Celtic was non-existent.

Celtic Chariman Ian Bankier with former CEO Peter Lawwell. Photo Andrew Milligan

After all, had Ange Postecoglou been Peter Lawwell’s or the Celtic board’s first choice would he not have been contacted after the delayed sacking of Lennon, prior to putting John Kennedy in as caretaker manager, or at the end of that season? And would he not have been available as we courted Eddie Howe – or at any point during the three months it took to work out Howe wasn’t for exchanging rings?

In truth few of us care as to how or why Ange Postecoglou arrived at Celtic only that he did, and if any member of the Lawwell family wants to take credit for it, then more power to their ego.

But some may well care if Peter Lawwell was to return to a prominent role at Celtic, and that seems to me to be what this plant, alongside various other comments from Celtic board members in recent months is, as they look to introduce a narrative that Peter Lawwell’s ‘parting gift’ was Ange Postecoglou.

Even if it was, it was by accident rather than design, as a result of fighting fires, rather than having a coherent plan in place for a new manager. And more likely involved a panicked call to Mark Lawwell, for any advice from the City Group as to Howe they could get out of the mess they blamed Eddie for.

Peter Lawwell and Ian Bankier (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Yet what is concerning is Celtic and compliant media lackeys seem keen to continue the Peter is our saviour narrative. And if Lawwell wasn’t expected to step into the Chairman’s role when Ian Bankier steps down -possibly at an upcoming AGM – then why worry about the legacy of a retired CEO?

After all there was a guy in that role for five minutes who was airbrushed out of history, so there is hardly form for protecting anyone else’s reputation.

Instead, this smacks of trying to win hearts and minds of a support by rewriting history, with a view to paving the way for a Peter Lawwell comeback, and of a board very much concerned – after the fallout from attempting to employ a former Assistant Chief Constable – as to what the reaction may be.

You get the feeling Keith Jackson’s out of keeping comment in his column today may have been sent to test the temperature of the water.

Niall J

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As a Bellshill Bhoy I was taken to my first Celtic game in the summer of 1987. It was Billy McNeill’s return to Celtic Park as manager and Celtic lost 5-1 to Arsenal . I thought I was a jinx, I think my Grandfather might have thought the same. It was the finest gift anyone ever gave me when he walked me through Parkhead's gates.


  1. Keech Jackson damns Peter Lawwell with faint praise and it becomes the basis of an entire CRC article aimed at redressing the balance, because we can’t have PL being given credit for Ange without shooting him down in flames can we? Only in the Celtic world.

  2. Patricia Goldie on

    For 10yrs more we put up with this man lining his pockets and doing hee haw to make the team better. THIS IS THE TYPE OF THING THE GREEN BRIGADE SHOULD BE PROTESTING ABOUT.

  3. Peter Lawwell is a stain on our history. He oversaw the cheating years and did nothing about it, and I suspect he’s well aware of the 5 way agreement and the grubby deal to kid on the new huns is the same as the old huns.

    He meddled in transfer business with many managers, often losing good players over peanuts and ending up with far inferior players and refused to build on positions of strength, meaning we went into important CL qualifiers wildly underprepared. This cost us a fortune.

    He’s a megalomaniac who can’t help himself but interfere and I want nowhere near any footballing decisions.

    To give him credit for Ange when he was a City Group guy is crazy too. This is a guy that boasted that he had a drawer full of CVs that he didn’t even look at after he appointed Neil Lennon in the showers 4 years ago.

    He’s a complete charlatan.

  4. Peter Lawwell Should go, he shows his true self by hanging on and his desperate measures in trying to make Sevco relevant. In his eyes Celtic cannot flourish without that toxic rivalry, he is a quintessential Old firm man, something he supported (no doubt still does) avidly, when his one and only concern should have been Celtic and Celtic alone, he worried for a rangers, any type, more than he did Celtic. Money is Peters god, greed pure and simple but, greed can make you blind because in his attempt at making them our equal we failed elsewhere i,e the champions league and player recruitment cost us a hell of a lot more simply put he held us back, in his eyes he was the main man, then there is the 5 way agreement, are we truly to believe he never read this thing?!!! Now we have Sevco acting up every month about one thing or another like a juvenile delinquent. Peter has somethings to answer for, although that would be wishful thinking, never going to happen, so we must make sure this man does not get any sort of control ever again, you have made an absolute fortune out Celtic Peter Lawwell, please, please just go.

  5. Please don’t give space to the views of this individual or his employer.
    The man is a dick.

  6. Jim O'Rourke on

    I for one would love to see peter back as the chairman. He was a brilliant servant to Celtic