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‘Embarrassing’ ‘Laughable’ ‘Total Rubbish’ Celtic fans slam Lawwell over his European excuse

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Celtic fans weren’t in any mood to swallow Peter Lawwell airbrushing his way over Celtic’s repeated European failures.

Three seasons’ running the hoops have crashed out of Champions League qualifiers with the loss of £30m a year largely down to failing to strengthen the squad in time for the most lucrative matches of the season.

This season Neil Lennon had no new signings on board when Celtic went to Loughborough and France for pre-season training and three friendlies.

Vasilis Barkas played his fourth Celtic match in this season’s defeat from Ferencvaros while Albian Ajeti came off the bench. Within a week of losing to the Hungarian side Celtic signed Shane Duffy and David Turnbull.

It has been a familiar failing down the years with Malmo, Maribor, AEK Athens and Cluj, all unseeded, knocking Celtic out under three different managers. This year alone Celtic have been beaten by Copenhagen and Sparta Prague in the Europa League with the Czech side racking up an 8-2 aggregate.

At the AGM Lawwell was keen to link Celtic’s failure with the lack of fans allowed at matches but that view was challenged head on by fans on Twitter.

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