Celtic captain Scott Brown needed little convincing to join the club.
In 2007, the Hibs sensation met with Gordon Strachan, Tommy Burns and Peter Lawwell. In his own words, the current Bhoys captain knew within 10 minutes that Celtic was the club for him.
Broony spoke with real passion about Lawwell, who announced his retirement this morning. Lawwell cuts a controversial figure with fans, who have protested his role several times over the years. However, his CV includes 29 trophies, with 13 league wins.
The club are also a recognised global brand, and have become regulars in European football.
Scott Brown said:
“It’s very sad. The lads love Peter, he’s done fantastic over the years for the club.
“He’s won trophy after trophy and given his life to the club over the last 2o-odd years. Peter loves this club more than anyone. He comes along every day, he works extremely hard and he’s always got a smile on his face, trying to push us forward.
“I already knew about this. It’s hard to take. We’re all getting that little bit older, myself, Peter. He thinks it’s the right time to leave. He’s done unbelievable stuff for this club, we’ve got Lennoxtown. He’s invested a lot his time into this club.”
🎙️ Scott Brown described outgoing CEO Peter Lawwell as a legend of Celtic who loves the club more than anyone, who worked well with the club’s players and staff, and whose legacy will be the unparalleled success the club has enjoyed in recent years.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) January 29, 2021
Celtic captain Scott Brown on Lawwell’s legacy
Broony spoke about the impact of Lawwell on the players, especially those who came through the youth academy:
“His legacy is bringing all the players through. The young players, giving them that opportunity of using Lennoxtown, to put them into the first team. People like Kieran [Tierney], seeing them going down to England and doing very well.
“We’re in a fantastic position, and he tries to push us on as far as he possibly can. He’s always got time for us. For a CEO to have that, to sit down with the lads whenever he wants, it’s something the lads love. You can speak to Peter, and he’s always there.”
When Broony needed support, Lawwell was there
It’s only really now that we’re hearing about what Peter Lawwell was like as a person.
He’s known primarily for his efficient, if controversial, running of the club. But as a man, he didn’t give an awful lot away. Turns out, he is fiercely loyal to his players. While at Celtic, Scott Brown has suffered immense personal tragedy, and it turns out the CEO was first on the phone to his star:
“I had a couple of family issues and Peter’s been there for me. He was first on the phone to myself, that’s the things I’ll always remember Peter [for]. He picks up the phone in hard times, he chats you through, gives you time off if you need it.
“I was there when I first came to the club. I’ve got a lot to thank Peter for, bringing me to this fantastic club. It’s just sad to see Peter leaving.”
Whatever your opinion on his influence, whether he had too big a job, or didn’t readily accept change, one thing is clear. Peter Lawwell is a man who looked after his players, and was respected in the dressing room.
What this means for Broony’s own future is unclear. There’s zero chance Scott Brown would want to leave on a sour note, with 10IAR an uncompleted project. However, he can probably see that the emergence of younger players is rendering the captain surplus to requirements.
Either way, it looks like the end of an era for Celtic.