Former Celtic player Davie Provan has slammed Peter Lawwell for the amount of money he makes at the club and has suggested the Hoops should be further ahead of Rangers, writing in his Scottish Sun column.

In a week when the Hoops won their first-ever group in European competition, you’d think there’d be a pat on the back for the club, but it appears Lawwell and the rest of the Celtic board remain in Provan’s sights for criticism regardless.

The Sky Sports co-commentator has criticised Lawwell for earning so much and has suggested he has thrown in the towel when it comes to trying to qualify for the Champions League group stages.


Most bizarrely though he has criticised a lack of investment in the team, despite one of our most positive transfer windows in years, claiming we should have ploughed much more money in the team in order to be five points better off than we are right now.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “Directors have settled on being a Europa League club. For a board that milks Celtic’s European heritage, that’s unacceptable.

“Mind you, there was one obvious question that went unasked. Nobody pinned the top table on why Rangers have been allowed to close the gap between the clubs with a fraction of Celts’ resources.


“Think about it. While Rangers are surviving on donations, Celtic are awash with cash. This year they’ve taken £34m through the departures of Kieran Tierney and Rodgers. Yet once again they bombed in the Champions League and have Rangers right on their shoulder in the Premiership.”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon and chief exec Peter Lawwell

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Doesn’t make much logical sense

The suggestion we should be much further ahead than Rangers is plainly ridiculous when you consider we have only dropped five points from 42 available.

One draw and one, admittedly poor, defeat means we are the same points total as Steven Gerrard’s side despite winning the derby at Ibrox earlier in the season.

Is Provan suggesting we should have invested £34m just to prevent an off day against Livingston?

Neil Lennon’s side are absolutely motoring this season and that Rangers have similarly impressive form is not a stick to beat us with. That they are right on our shoulders is more of a reflection of their improvement than any drop in our standards.

The manager has the team playing well, performing to a high standard domestically and abroad. Arguing that the running of the club on football matters isn’t working right now is a hollow argument, to say the least.

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