Celtic fans divided over Peter Lawwell departure and legacy

By Euan Davidson

January 29, 2021

Celtic have announced that Peter Lawwell will retire in the summer.

His will be a complicated legacy. During his 17 years as CEO, Celtic have enjoyed unprecedented domestic success. 13 league titles have been secured, as well as four domestic trebles and a number of memorable European nights.

However, Lawwell has been the subject of plenty of criticism. During his spell, Celtic have been involved in scandals like the recent Dubai trip. In many supporters’ view, he has been part of a boardroom that became complacent during 9IAR, and allowed standards to slip.

This season, board protests have targeted Lawwell in particular. His loyalty to Neil Lennon, as part of the board, have no doubt cost Celtic in the chase for 10-in-a-row. Equally, the recruitment at Celtic has been worsened since the departure of Brendan Rodgers.

Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell pictured at a Celtic game / (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Celtic fans on Peter Lawwell retirement

Fans were divided on the announcement. For plenty, his was a successful spell which has ended on a sour note. Others saw the declaration of Lawwell’s retirement as the first domino to fall.