Davie Provan has demanded that Peter Lawwell resign from his post as Celtic chief executive immediately.
The Hoops have come under fire for pretty much everything they’ve done over the last several months. A mammoth decline on the pitch sees us over 20 points behind Rangers in the title-race. The Hoops are out of the Betfred Cup, and weakly bowed out of the Europa League at the group stage.
Meanwhile, Celtic have continued to back Neil Lennon despite this disgraceful campaign. Supporters could see this coming a mile off, and that hasn’t reflected well on the board.
But Provan clearly hasn’t been too impressed with the lack of accountability either. With Celtic receiving pelters for their Dubai trip, Lawwell dragged it out for days before issuing a weak apology to supporters that was more like a defence.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Provan said: “Having made himself scarce when Celtic’s Dubai crisis kicked off, Lawwell was back up front during that well-rehearsed television interview. Ducking interviews until Wednesday left backroom staff facing the media.
“When senior club figures should have fronted up, John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan were left with the awkward questions. Come to think of it, where was chairman Ian Bankier, a guy most punters couldn’t pick out in an ID parade? The club is in crisis, getting a kicking from every direction and the board go missing?
“Mind you, the lights have been off in that boardroom for long enough. Had to laugh when hearing Lawwell urge supporters to help “take this magnificent football club as far as we possibly can. He’s right, it is a magnificent club. But it’s no longer in the right hands. The game is up Peter. Please go now.”
Davie Provan spot on; Celtic need to take action before season-ticket renewal time
It’s almost like a bad joke the way the board has treated the supporters this season. They have absolutely no respect for the opinion of their audience, that much has been made abundantly clear.
If they did, Neil Lennon would’ve been out of a job a long time ago. Probably after Sparta Prague. The Chief Executive would also have resigned by now in disgrave at how he’s ruined 10-in-a-row. Make no mistake, nothing was as important as that was.
But time is running out to make some big decisions. The club is going to have one helluva tough time trying to persuade fans to snap up season-tickets. We’ve all been so disillusioned by how things are going that they’ll do well to see a high interest in renewals.
A managerial sacking or resignation may not do it this time. Lawwell’s reputation amongst the general Celtic support has reached an all-time low. Fans will never forget how weakly we surrendered the 10. And all so that Peter’s mate could stay in the job as long as possible.
Whether he goes along with Neil remains to be seen. He’s certainly been a stubborn operator in the past. He’s ridden through waves of criticism from the support on plenty of occasions. Don’t be too surprised if he tries to do the same this time.
But our patience with him has run out. Losing the 10 to Rangers should be the final straw.