Peter Lawwell hit back at Celtic fans’ claims of him and Dermot Desmond ‘sleeping at the wheel’ and letting the club deteriorate.
Not many would have expected the start to the season that Celtic have endured. The Hoops have stumbled time after time through the course of their 10IAR campaign. As a result, they find themselves 13 points behind the Rangers in the league in arguable their most important season since 1967. Their only saving grace is that they have a couple of games in hand.
This is not a situation that the Hoops have found themselves in often over the past decade or so. After dominating Scottish football for years, they now find themselves chasing their biggest rivals. Failure to do so will cost them 10IAR.
Two of the people who have taken a lot of the blame are Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond. They have been accused of ‘sleeping at the wheel’ as the club have continued to deteriorate, the result of which we are seeing now.
Lawwell has rubbished any such claims though. As reported by The Scottish Sun, he said:
“That’s not true. We’ve had incredible domestic success. We strengthened the squad knowing there was going to be a challenge this year to a level we haven’t done before. We spent £35million from July. We’ve never spent anything like that in the past. We’ve strengthened and kept our best players.
“That’s not complacency. We’ve invested the reserves into the team to make us stronger. We’ve a manager that’s delivered with his track record. We’re investing in football to take the club forward and in no way were we sitting back being complacent waiting on things happening.”
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Yes, it is true that the board have made significant investments over the past few years. And coming out of the summer transfer window, there was a good feeling about the signings.
After all, the club had managed to secure the signings of Shane Duffy, Albian Ajeti, Vasilis Barkas, David Turnbull and Diego Laxalt, either on permanent deals or on loan. They also managed to extend the stay of Mohamed Elyounoussi for another year.
It is safe to say though that most of those deals have not worked out, which is one of the biggest reasons for their recent failures. It is not the duty of the fans to scout the players, it is that of the club’s recruitment team. And they have failed in that aspect in recent years.
It is no mere co-incidence that the Hoops have failed to qualify for the Champions League for three straight years. This has been coming for a while. And it has picked the worst possible time to boil over.