Stewart Milne on Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell's influence

By David Walton

December 22, 2019

Recently departed Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne appears to have taken a thinly-veiled pop at Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell.

The former Dons chairman was replaced last week by Dave Cormack. However, in what should be a period of excitement and fresh ideas at Pittodrie, Milne has been out talking about Celtic’s influence on the Scottish game.

Not so long ago, the former Premiership chairman claimed that the needs of Celtic and Rangers are holding positive reform back in Scottish football (Scottish Sun).

Peter Lawwell has been accused of having too much of an influence on things in Scottish football (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But he hasn’t stopped there. He’s now been out speaking about the influence Lawwell has on the game in Scotland. Speaking to the BBC, here’s a look at Milne’s latest pop.

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“I think it would be fair to say that Peter is a strong character. He’s in a powerful position. He’s a wise, intelligent guy. He knows how to look after the interests of his club.

“I wouldn’t go as far as saying that he runs Scottish football but Peter does bear a considerable influence.

“At times possibly, yeah (Lawwell has too much influence). And I’ll be seeing Peter and I’ll remind him that you told me to tell him that.”

Milne hits the nail on the head with one comment

In fairness to Milne, this was hardly a big attack on our chief executive. However, he’s clearly showing a little bit of frustration in admitting to the idea that Lawwell has too much influence on things.

Lawwell has managed to oversee Celtic’s unprecedented success in recent years (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

What people like Milne and the rest of Scottish football have to remember is that Lawwell is the head-man of the biggest football club in the country. Considering how much Celtic benefit Scottish football reputationally, it’s no wonder he has a big say in things. So he should.

Yet Milne was spot on with one of his comments here. He stated that Lawwell knows how to look after the interests of his club. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters. He doesn’t obstruct other Premiership chairman or chief executives in doing the same.

Sure, Celtic may hold some form of power in Scottish football given their domination of it. But it’s difficult to know what people like Milne and clubs such as Aberdeen want Lawwell to do. Is he to effectively patch the interests of Celtic just so that other clubs can receive a boost?

Lawwell has been accused of wielding too much power in Scottish football (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

That’s not how it works. Lawwell’s job isn’t to protect the interests of all 12 Premiership clubs. He’s assigned to ensure Celtic’s stability and future. Milne may be having a slight pop at his influence, but it all just comes across as sour grapes.

Celtic are eight-in-a-row champions and treble-treble winners. You can take all the stabs at Lawwell you like. At the end of the day, our incredible success wouldn’t have been possible without his input.