Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell has expressed his gratitude to the club, emergency services and the Hoops supporters.

After a horrifying house fire destroyed cars and property, Lawwell and his family were evacuated by fire rescue in the early hours of yesterday morning [Glasgow Live]. Thankfully, there were no casualties. However, the fire-raising has caused a great deal of shock and upset.

Lawwell, who stays in the Ayrshire village of Thorntonhall, has also appealed for witnesses. CCTV passed on to police has identified a suspect profile.

The Celtic CEO said [Celtic FC]:

“This has been a devastating attack on myself and my family, the effects of which will stay with us all for a long time.

“I am, of course, extremely relieved that everyone is safe. I would like to thank my wife and my family for their support and for the strength and courage they have shown during such a difficult time.

“Naturally my family has been deeply affected by these events. This is a hugely challenging time but we will make sure we stay strong and we will get through this together.

“I wanted to take this opportunity to offer my thanks to the Fire Service for their skill, bravery and professionalism in dealing with the fire, and Police Scotland, too, for their support and professionalism.”

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Celtic midfielder Scott brown with Peter Lawwell / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

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“I also thank the Celtic Board and Celtic staff for all the support they have given me. It has been fantastic and sincerely appreciated.

“As a family, we have received literally thousands of messages of support from Celtic fans and from people across the wider global football family. This has provided us with great comfort and we all offer our heartfelt thanks for the concern and support which people have shown.

“Clearly, I echo the words of Police Scotland and would ask that if anyone does have any relevant information which could help this investigation, to please come forward.”

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