It’s not often that a figure at Celtic is compared to a character from a popular Scottish comedy.
However, Peter Lawwell’s forays into the transfer window this summer have led many to compare him to Still Game character Tam Mullen.
So far, the Hoops have recruited David Turnbull, Albian Ajeti and Vasilis Barkas – with no expense spared – while Mohamed Elyounoussi and Shane Duffy have joined on loan.
This isn’t in touch with Lawwell’s usually cautious transfer approach, which has seen the club miss out on numerous players over the years.
He shares a lot of similarities with Mullen, and may even be enjoying a brief moment of spending like the Craiglang favourite once did.
In one episode of the hit comedy (Hyper, series 6, episode 5), Mullen ditches his tight ways for more loose spending, after being electrocuted by a toaster.
And some Celtic fans have joked that Lawwell must have recently suffered an electrical mishap himself.
— Stephen Gribbin (@stephengribb) September 3, 2020
*insert video of Peter Lawwell being electrocuted by the toaster Tam Mullen style* https://t.co/8Fok1TgR1w
— Andy Leith (@Andyleith88) September 3, 2020
Some other fans skipped the Still Game reference, but were still concerned for Lawwell following his apparent change of heart.
I like this version of Lawwell https://t.co/G7L8Mcq2BA
— Nicky Flynn (@nickyflynn__) September 3, 2020
Somebody check Peter Lawwell hasn't been the victim of fraud. https://t.co/uuTg3rK1jl
— Paul B 🍀 (@p_bov1) September 3, 2020
If we sign this lad and sell Ajer for say 20m then we must erect a statue of Peter Lawell!!
— Tom Green (@TomGreen9inarow) September 3, 2020
Calm down Peter! https://t.co/vL5Zt23FUQ
— The Grand Auld Podcast (@FritzAGrandAuld) September 3, 2020
Has anybody went round and checked on Peter Lawwell recently? 😂😂 https://t.co/51p5d6OjTG
— Stephen Sloan🏴🍀🏴 (@StephenSloan_90) September 3, 2020
The board have given Lennon no excuses this season
These fans are, of course, commenting in typical tongue in cheek style.
The Celtic support will be delighted that the club have forked out vast money on seemingly proven targets so far this summer.
All five of our arrivals thus far could make an impact in the first-team immediately – a far cry from the project signings of the likes of Vakoun Bayo, Marian Shved and Ismaila Soro that we’ve seen in recent years.
The board are giving Lennon the backing to succeed this campaign. The Northern Irishman really doesn’t have any excuses if things go awry between now and May.
The main focus of supporters will now turn to keeping as many of our prized assets as possible. We simply can’t afford to lose Odsonne Edouard or Callum McGregor.
As for the comparisons between Lawwell and Mullen. The latter got out of his spending spree by being electrocuted once again in a deserted supermarket.
Hopefully the same outcome doesn’t befall our chief executive.