After a period of silence, Celtic chief executive made his long-awaited first remarks on the current situation facing Scottish football, which can be read on the club’s website.
Firstly, it is good to see that Lawwell has committed the club to “putting resources in place with the aim of helping the most vulnerable in our society during this period.”
That is of course what Celtic were founded on. It is good to see that the principles of charity are still very important to the club.
Hoops chief unequivocal about completing league
When it comes to matters on the pitch, Lawwell was unequivocal in his preference in getting the league campaign complete at some stage.
“With regard to the present domestic Premiership League situation, our strong preference is, of course, to complete all remaining matches” he said.
That comment which will be welcomed by the Celtic support. The support will also presumably support Lawwell’s statement on voiding the league.
“As many have already said, the season cannot be voided as the consequences of that are so severe.”
Lawwell then threw the gauntlet down to the Scottish football authorities to find a solution if the league cannot be completed.
“In the event that the matches cannot be completed, then the responsibility to find a fair and reasonable solution for the finalisation of all domestic leagues will be with the Scottish football governing bodies” he concluded.
Really, it is the only statement that Lawwell could have made. He had to show that the club is still committed to helping the most vulnerable members of society.
Prepared to fight the club’s corner
On the pitch, the statement shows that Lawwell is prepared to fight Celtic’s corner to get the league campaign completed.
He has given the club’s position on the idea of voiding the league, which is a non-starter. He also put pressure on the Scottish football authorities to find a solution if the league cannot be completed.
All of which will be welcomed by the Celtic support.
Peter Lawwell will have thought long and hard about the statement that was released. He will have chosen his words carefully.
They are certainly worth reading, and Lawwell deserves credit for not shirking any of the big issues. It will be intriguing to see how the rest of Scottish football responds.
Closer to home, Lawwell’s message should have the backing of the Hoops support.
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