Report puts Peter Lawwell’s Celtic future in major doubt

If reports are accurate then Peter Lawwell’s future at Celtic could be in danger despite him being at the club since 2003.

While most of the speculation at the moment has been surrounding the future of Neil Lennon, it looks like Peter Lawwell’s time at Celtic might be coming to an end soon as well. If reports about there being a falling out among the hierarchy are indeed true.

One of the biggest complaints that the fans have had about the club over the years is surrounding Lawwell. A lot of their transfer business has been questionable to say the least as they have continued to acquire players who have failed to make any impact at Parkhead. On the other hand, they have allowed future superstars to walk away because of small amounts of money. Names like John McGinn and Ivan Toney come to mind.

There has also been the issue with the selection of managers. Many have viewed the decision to replace Rodgers with Lennon as the club taking the easy route. The fact that they have not made the Champions League for three straight years might back that theory up.

Those shortcomings have been hidden by their incredible domestic form though. If they win the Scottish Cup Final on December 20th then it will their fourth straight Treble, something no other club in history has achieved. But the league form this season, and their reluctance to sack Lennon has raised further questions about the hierarchy.

And popular blogger Phil MacGiollaBhain claims that the relationship between Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell has broken down:

Until now, Mr Desmond’s assessment of his CEO is that he is good for the bottom line. He only broke with that view when he was personally abused at Hampden in April 2016.

An EPL level manager then guided the Scottish champions to an unparalleled era of domestic domination. Of course, you know how it ended.

I stated at the start of this historic season that then the only thing that would stop Celtic is Celtic and so it has proved to be. If my information is correct, then the relationship between the CEO and the main shareholder has effectively broken down.

Lawwell has been at Parkhead since 2003. That is 17 years at the top of the club, an incredible feat in the modern era of chop-and-change. But it is safe to say that not many fans will shed tears if he does end up leaving at the end of the season.

If the claims are indeed true then there is only one way that this will end, and that is with the departure of the long-time Celtic chief leaving.

There has been a general feeling that a lot of change is needed at the club if they are to move forward. A new manager might be the most pressing need at the moment but that is just the tip of the iceberg.

A lot of the players need to be changed as well. A number of them already have a foot out of the club while it looks like a number of others are no longer capable of getting the job done. And if they fail to secure 10IAR, which is looking more and more likely with every passing game, expect a mass overhaul in the summer.