Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell will find himself a bit silly after John McGinn’s killer season.

The Bhoys’ money man failed to stump up the cash to bring the Scotland man to the club last summer.

He haggled and played the waiting game and his bluff was called as McGinn went to Aston Villa.

Now, the award winning midfielder will be playing Premier League football thanks to his winning goal.

Peter Lawwell will reel from John McGinn error

It was no secret in the last summer window that Celtic were interested in the ex-Hibs man.

John McGinn playing for Hibernian. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)

The Hoops tracked the boyhood fan and even bid for him, but went about it the wrong way.

Lawwell and the board played the waiting game, hoping for a bargain price deal to be done.

Instead, McGinn joined the Villans which was a big punch to the face for manager Brendan Rodgers.

There was major tension between board and manager at the time as this didn’t help.


Perhaps the board are to blame for not matching Rodgers’ ambition and that is partly to blame for his departure.

Peter Lawwell and Celtic board let John McGinn slip through net. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

However, this isn’t the only time that Lawwell and co have had egg on their face over a transfer.

Steven Fletcher, anyone?

Back in 2009, the Hoops were chasing the league in January and were tempted to bring in Fletcher.

He was also a Hibs player and boyhood fan and at the time he was firing from all angles.

Lawwell and co wouldn’t stump up the asking price and Hibs sold him to Burnley for just £3 million.

Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell in good spirits ahead of his uninspiring appointment. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The board are already playing low ball next season by even appointing Lennon in the first place.

Now, the only thing sensible fans can hope for is the board to  financially back him heavily (it’s needed) despite his managerial limitations.

Nine and 10-in-a-row is in severe jeopardy with the appointment and may have to be bought to be won.

The next time a promising proven player appears, just pay the asking price or be doomed to fail again.

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