Date: 14th August 2019 at 6:57am
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The chickens well and truly came home to roost for Peter Lawwell last night.

The Celtic Chief Executive likes to swan around Europe talking the club up among the power-brokers of the game, focusing on those magical European nights which now take place under his Disco Lights. One home victory in the group stage of the Champions League in the last six years means that memories of the glory nights are starting to fade.

UEFA politics was apparently pushing giant clubs like Celtic on to the periphery but unfortunately Ajax debunked that theory last season.

The Dutch upstarts had been in the same bunker as Celtic as they were squeezed to the margins when suddenly they got competitive against Bayern Munich, knocked out Juventus and Real Madrid are were within two minutes of reaching the Champions League Final.

In contrast Celtic lost out in the third qualifying round with only a stunning Balance Sheet to cheer fans up through the winter months that saw Moussa Dembele sold off towards the end of the transfer window with no sign of even a token replacement.

Despite the warning signs a year ago it seems no lessons were learned. No new signings played during the the three pre-season friendlies in Austria and Switzerland, Neil Lennon tried to introduce a new defence during the critical Champions League qualifiers then benched them last night.

For six weeks negotiations continued to sell Kieran Tierney, as soon as it was completed the club pointed the finger at the player then boasted about bringing in a record transfer fee.

Leadership is badly required, we’ll see over the coming days if the highly remunerated Chief Executive shows face or opts for deflection from the nerve centre of the club.