The phrase that's coming back to haunt Peter Lawwell

By David Walton

August 30, 2018

Peter Lawwell may just be regretting one thing at this moment in time.

As Celtic get prepared to sell star-striker Moussa Dembele, there’s a phrase that Lawwell has previously used that looks scandalous in hindsight.

Over the last couple of years, the Celtic Chief Executive claims that the club look to leave transfer windows strong. The exact quote is the following:

We want to come out every transfer window stronger than we’ve gone in

The go-to statement

It’s Lawwell’s go-to statement come every window. However, there’s no surprise in why he’s failed to come out with it this time.

Peter Lawwell cannot claim Celtic are stronger after coming out of this window (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Despite having all summer to get deals done, Celtic have failed to pay for anyone other than Odsonne Edouard. Lewis Morgan has also arrived alongside Emilio Izaguirre, but the former was a pre-contract and latter a free.

Brendan Rodgers has already stated that he’s missed out on two of his three key transfer targets. That alone is criminal from Lawwell and whoever else gets deals done at Parkhead.

Rodgers’ claims that he still wants four players in looks extremely unlikely at this stage. Instead, the Celtic manager has managed to lose four in this window.

Should Dembele sign for Lyon, he will join Patrick Roberts, Stuart Armstrong, and Erik Sviatchenko in leaving this summer. What’s so disappointing about this is that not one of them has been replaced.

Celtic also appear too reliant on loan deals from Manchester City. Daniel Arzani has come in, but only on a loan deal from City and isn’t ready for the first-team.

Stockpiled cash

The Hoops have stockpiled cash in recent years, yet it appears the manager isn’t going to see much of it. Instead, Celtic’s money men are ensuring the squad is getting weaker and weaker.

Celtic secured a double-treble back in May (Getty Images)

To say you try to come out of every window stronger than when you went in is scandalous looking at the position Celtic are in. This should’ve been a window where the Hoops were looking to build on last year’s double-treble success.

Instead, the Parkhead side are desperately trying to pick up the pieces of a near-shattered squad.

If Celtic let the title slip this season, or go out of the Europa League with a whimper, fans will be seething to no end.

As it stands, Lawwell and the rest of the Celtic board are just sitting back and allowing their club to be stripped of quality.

It’s fair to say that the Chief Executive has to pull a few rabbits out of a few hats before Friday night. Failure to do so, and Celtic supporters will never forgive him.