Former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has come to the defence of Hoops chief executive Peter Lawwell and majority shareholder Dermot Desmond.

The duo have come under fire recently following the departure of Brendan Rodgers to join Leicester City. Rodgers’ discontent seems to have grown following a poor transfer window in the summer, as he and Lawwell seemed to brief against each other in public.

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However, Strachan has come to the defence of the duo, claiming that they are real Celtic supporters.

“They are fans”

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“I know the owner and chief executive very well – they are fans. They are fans” he told the Scottish Sun.

Strachan also revealed that Lawwell showed his commitment to Celtic by turning down the chance to move to Arsenal.

“I said, ‘Do you want me to drive you down?’ Because it’s a huge club and the league is magnificent.

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“I can’t really go”

“He phoned me back and went, ‘Oh I’m a Celtic man, Gordon. I can’t really go.’

Despite Strachan’s comments, it’s unlikely the fans will ever fully get behind Lawwell and Desmond. The Hoops board have often been accused of not spending big, and it is unlikely the events of recent weeks will change that.

It will be intriguing to see how much money the new manager is given to spend in the summer. If it is not enough in the eyes of the fans, expect Lawwell and Desmond to get the blame.

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