Date: 15th January 2020 at 7:51am
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Peter Lawwell has made his first comment of 2020 but it’s unlikely to please or satisfy Celtic fans.

With a multitude of issues surrounding the club in the middle of the transfer window the chief executive has found his voice to welcome Fran Alonso as head of the woman’s team.

Over the last year Lawwell has been noted by his silence on key matters with his only public comments coming at the time of Neil Lennon’s appointment as manager in May.

Celtic fans have been looking for information and leadership from the club in recent weeks but found a leadership vacuum until last night.

The club website reports:

Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “We are really pleased to have been able to secure Fran as our new Head Coach and everyone at Celtic is delighted to welcome him to the club. We really look forward to working with him.

“We know he has real pedigree as a coach and we are sure he will make a very positive contribution to the team, within our new exciting structure.”

On December 26 Aberdeen chief executive Dave Cormack turned to Twitter to accuse Kris Ajer of feigning injury with a triple pike when Sam Cosgrove was sent off, other than Neil Lennon there was no reply from Celtic.

After the Glasgow derby match on December 29 numerous media outlets carried claims of racist abuse of Alfredo Morelos without a shred of evidence. Celtic’s chief executive remained silent then set up media access to the club’s winter training camp in Dubai.

At the same match Morelos and Ryan Kent made clearly hostile gestures at the Celtic support, no action has been taken by the SFA or comment made by Celtic.

In an incident almost identical to one 12 months earlier that went unpunished by the SFA Ryan Christie was given a two match which totted up into a three match ban. Celtic stated that ‘naturally we will be contacting the Scottish FA’.

Celtic’s ladies team begin their season next month with home matches on the plastic pitch of the K-Park in East Kilbride which has a capacity for 1,000 fans.