Celtic AGM: Peter Lawwell counters 'asleep at the wheel' accusation with £35m claim

By John McGinley

December 14, 2020

Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell has refuted the suggestion that the club board are ‘asleep at the wheel’.

In reference to a famous banner that fan group The Green Brigade unfurled last year, the Parkhead chief does not believe that the club can be accused of complacency.

As quoted by The Daily Record, Lawwell said at today’s AGM: “That’s not the case, next week we could win the quadruple treble .

“We strengthened the squad in the summer, we spent, as a club over the last 14 months, £35million.

“We’ve strengthened and kept best our players – that’s not complacency.

“We have a manager with a track record and who delivers.”

Form this season hasn’t been good enough, that’s undeniable.

Lawwell’s point about transfer spending is a decent one though. You can’t really argue that Neil Lennon hasn’t been backed in the transfer market.

The decision not to sell top young players such as Kristoffer Ajer and Odsonne Edouard could also be said to be a big financial commitment.

However, the decision not to appoint an elite level manager after the departure of Brendan Rodgers was contentious at the time, and continues to be a sore point for a section of the Celtic support.

Celtic fans protest at Celtic Park / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Lennon has undoubtedly delivered before but over the last 18 months there has been a regression in performances and, more recently, results both at home and abroad.

It remains to be seen whether the Chief Executive’s comments today placate the support.

I suspect not.