Speaking recently on a video for 67 Hail Hail, Euan Davidson praised the influence of Peter Lawwell at Celtic, before going on to claim that the chief executive deserves to have a say in appointing the Bhoys’ next manager.
After 17 years in the role, it was announced in January that, following an extremely disappointing domestic campaign, Lawwell would be stepping down from his role on the Celtic board, with Scottish Rugby’s Dominic McKay set to replace the 61-year-old.
In his time at Celtic, Lawwell has seen the Hoops win 29 trophies, a haul that includes 13 league titles, four domestic trebles, as well as the club reaching the last 16 of the Champions League three times.
However, despite the fact he will be retiring at the end of the season, in a recent Q&A with Dermot Desmond, the club’s principal shareholder confirmed that Lawwell is part of the committee that has been tasked with appointing Celtic’s new manager.
In a recent video for 67 Hail Hail, Davidson stated his belief that Lawwell deserves to have a say in the club’s search for their next boss.
He said: “This won’t be a popular comment, but you could argue he’s earned it. He’s been at the club an awfully long time, we’ve had a lot of success that he’s been involved in. Whatever you think of his legacy, he is incumbent and we need a manager right now.
“So, it kind of stands to reason that he would be involved. His record is obviously so hit-and-miss that you don’t know what you’re going to get with him anyway, so that’s added to this constant speculation – and being linked to every manager with a heartbeat.”
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TIF Thoughts on Davidson’s comments regarding Peter Lawwell…
While the decision to appoint Neil Lennon on a permanent basis was not exactly one that many Celtic fans agreed with, in addition to the fact that the Bhoys’ Glasgow rivals were relegated to the bottom tier of Scottish football – leaving many of the trophies won during Lawwell’s tenure attained relatively unopposed – the 61-year-old did have a hand in a great a number of Celtic successes, as well as helping to impressively appoint Brendan Rodgers as the manager at Parkhead.
However, whether Desmond’s latest show of faith in the chief executive proves to be well-placed is something that will only be known when Celtic confirm exactly who will be taking over from Lennon as the club’s permanent boss this summer.