The only thing we can say with certainty about the future of Celtic right now is that Peter Lawwell will no longer be the Chief Executive next season.

With new CEO Dominic McKay coming into the club officially from July 1st, a new era is dawning at Celtic Park.

What will Lawwell be remembered for?

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Trophy wins, progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League, a quadruple treble and nine-in-a-row all stand as notable achievements during his reign. That’s undeniable.

His ardent defenders will tell you that the last two decades of success would not have been possible without him in charge. They may even tell you this season is just a blip and doesn’t deserve poring over as a dark time in Celtic’s history.

Undoubtedly Lawwell is an absolutely huge figure in the Celtic story. Books will be written about him. His years in charge will be scrutinised and talked about for decades.

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However, despite the triumphs, this weekend and the failure of this season threatens to be a painful monolith that casts a shadow over his entire legacy.

 

Had Celtic muscled up and went toe-to-toe in the Scottish Premiership this season, taking an exciting title race right down to the wire, that may not have been the case – win or lose.

But the manner of title defeat and the perception of supporters means that figures such as Lawwell will forever be blamed for this Celtic mess. It was all so preventable. We shot ourselves in the foot. That’s what’s unforgivable.

The decision two years ago to hand the job to Neil Lennon on a permanent basis without doing due diligence on other candidates will ultimately go down as one of the worst ever in our history.

Peter Lawwell's Celtic legacy

Key Celtic figures Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The decision to back Lennon to the hilt, even when it was obvious what the direction of travel was this season, wasn’t any better.

It has all resulted in Celtic losing the league before we’re even out of the first seven days in March. We’re 20 points behind and, let’s be honest, it’s more likely that the gap will widen than narrow. It’s utterly embarrassing.

Perhaps, in time, Lawwell will be fondly remembered. Like everything at Celtic this season, he isn’t the man solely at fault.

However, if Celtic are expecting supporters to play along with a long, sycophantic goodbye between now and July then they are sorely mistaken.

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