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.
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.
Thanks for everything Peter! Good luck on your retirement ☘️☘️☘️
— Charlie Findlay (@charlief6171) January 29, 2021
That’s a start, now for the rest of them to follow him
— Finn (@finndov) January 29, 2021
Sad way to end such a successful tenure. No doubt there were mistakes but I’ll forever be grateful I was able to see such a dominant and successful period. People will eventually appreciate it all much like how people appreciate what Fergus McCann did years after.
— Sean Mullen (@sean_mullen252) January 29, 2021
— Barry McNeill🍀 (@BarryMcNeill) January 29, 2021
Good Luck Peter with your retirement .
Thank you for the wonderful way our club his run over your time .
Enjoy your retirement Hail Hail 🍀.
— Gerry Burns (@gerryboy1970) January 29, 2021
Thanks for the quadruple treble. Massive highs with peter. But 100% stayed too long. All the best though
— Hoopsfan🍀 (@hoopsfan9) January 29, 2021
Timing is everything.
Too long in office. A disastrous end to a fantastic career.
It’s a start. No more.
— The Frenchie speaks🏴 (@yesiscoming) January 29, 2021
Nice way to wake up. Now announce that the other guy is leaving please.
— Craig Shields (@CraigJShields) January 29, 2021
You only have to look at the trophy cabinet and despite this season, dominance of Scottish football not seen since Stein’s era to appreciate what Peter has done. He goes with my best wishes and I look forward to a reset that will continue our dominance on and off the field
— Sean MacGobhann (@SeanMacGobhann) January 29, 2021