Former Celtic player and Sky Sports pundit Davie Provan has slammed Peter Lawwell for his role in the club’s exit from the UEFA Champions League, writing in his Scottish Sun column.
The Hoops were knocked out of the third qualifying round of the competition for the second successive season last Tuesday.
It’s a result that has sent shock waves through the club and support, with manager Neil Lennon under serious pressure.
Provan though, while recognising Lennon’s mistakes, feels that ultimately the responsibility lies with Lawwell.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Provan said: “For the most part, Celts have drawn clubs who are not in their financial league. You have to ask why they’ve come up short so often.
“Lawwell will point to a bloated wage bill that has to be serviced, but whose fault is that? Last season Celts had more players than the Dallas Cowboys.
“Unfortunately, too many of them aren’t fit to wear the shirt. Recent recruitment has seen money emptied down a drain.
“Sorry, but the buck stops with the well-rewarded chief executive.”
The blame game
Lots has been said since last Tuesday, with criticism directed at a number of people at Celtic. Whether it’s Scott Brown, Lennon or Lawwell taking flak, no-one has been missed.
The truth is that there are serious issues at the club that need addressed by the collective. No one person is to blame for Celtic’s ills right now and it’ll require a group effort to dig us out the current malaise.
For supporters, that’s going to start with recruitment and results.
Lawwell now needs to show the leadership he gets paid handsomely to provide and ensure that recruitment goes smoothly before the end of the transfer window. If he does not oversee the club adding quality to a number of positions, Celtic are in bad shape heading deeper into the season.
Yesterday’s narrow win over second-tier Dunfermline was a nightmare follow up to Tuesday. Lennon needed his team to produce a big performance. That’s now doubly true regarding this Thursday’s clash at home to AIK.
The manager now needs a run of positive matches that culminates in an impressive performance and result at Ibrox.
Any less than all of this will only heighten the bad feeling within the Celtic support. It’s getting to the stage where the serious questions being raised aren’t going to go away until answers are provided, or a different direction is demonstrated.