BBC Scotland journalist Tom English reckons Celtic aren’t going to be rid of CEO Peter Lawwell quite yet.
As we know, Lawwell is officially stepping down from his position this summer to be replaced by former SRU man Dominic McKay.
McKay is already in the door at Celtic, getting a sense of the day-to-day operations at the club before taking up the CEO position on July 1st.
A newcomer to the sport, there’s been a suggestion that he may use Lawwell as a consultant next season.
That’s the belief of English anyway, speaking on BBC Sportsound tonight [18:26]: “I think he’s going to be around in a capacity as a consultant. I don’t know this, but I think he’ll be there as a sounding board. Consultant to the CEO.
“He’s got 20 years of experience at this level. The CEO needs help. The CEO is a very good operator but he’s not an expert in the nitty-gritty of transfers and the dirty business of football. He needs help on that, so why wouldn’t you keep Peter Lawwell in there in some capacity?
“I think Celtic would be mad not to have him at the end of a phone just to give advice here and there.”
He was insistent to host Kenny Macintyre this was not based on any information and that he hasn’t been leaked anything. So, it’s not based on any insider reporting.
However, English is adamant this is probably going to happen if Lawwell wants it to happen.
There was then some discussion between the panel that Lawwell’s presence on various committees at the European Club Association and UEFA could be a factor in having him around as a consultant.
It would take some selling to the support, wouldn’t it?
Many fans recognise his contribution to the club over the last decades, but also feel he has had a significant hand in the regression of the club over the past couple of years.
Could you imagine the reaction if Celtic announce that Lawwell is still connected to the club? There would be all sorts of conspiracy theories about who actually holds the power moving forward.
Celtic need a fresh start from top to bottom and that includes saying goodbye to Lawwell. In a consultant role or otherwise, I just don’t see fans swallowing this one.
Interesting times ahead. Will Dom McKay be his own man?