New Celtic CEO Dom McKay confirms Peter Lawwell will continue in key European role

By John McGinley

June 25, 2021

New Celtic CEO Dom McKay has confirmed Peter Lawwell will remain at the European Club Association for a further two years beyond his spell at the Bhoys.

McKay insisted that Lawwell’s responsibilities at Celtic will end come 1st July.

Lawwell has served as an Executive Board Member of the ECA since March 2014, has been a member of the UEFA Club Competitions Committee since 2015 and was elected as one of ECA’s four representatives on UEFA’s Professional Football Strategy Council (PFSC) in August 2017.

McKay reckons this is important for Celtic and for Scottish football, so will remain in place.

Speaking to media today, he said: “Peter will certainly finish up at the end of this month with his responsibilities at Celtic. He’ll extend — we’ve got two years left to go on the ECA, the European Club Association. And that’s a really important role, for Scotland and for the club, to have a representative there. He’ll stay engaged with that.

“And what’s been brilliant during the whole transition, Peter has been fantastic for me. But he’s achieved so much, he’s been kind enough to say he’s at the end of the phone for me. If there are any interesting questions I want to bounce off him, he’s always going to be there for me and the club.”

McKay has at least assured anxious supporters that Lawwell isn’t set to be used by Celtic in a more formal role other than ‘end of the phone’ advisor.

I can see the benefits of him staying on at the ECA too, using his influence to put forward a case for the Bhoys and Scottish football as a whole.

I don’t see any of this as a negative. As long as Lawwell isn’t involved in the day-to-day running of Celtic and let’s McKay get on with the job, there’s no issue here.

Others may be more sceptical, but you can’t deny Lawwell’s long track record of forging contacts within European football can be a good thing.

In other news, new Celtic boss Postecoglou promises success his way.