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.
— Harry Brady ????????? (@HarryBradyCU) December 14, 2020
Lawwell has presided over terrible results since he entered the building in September 03
— CeltiCRa9??-IAR? (@CeltiCRab19671) December 14, 2020
— Chris Devlin (@cdevlin7) December 14, 2020
To do that we need to restructure the leadership of the club. Fans have given enough.
— ????????? (@EtienneBojan) December 14, 2020
Using the support is embarrassing. Especially after spending 35 million since last season. Total rubbish.
— Alba ??????? (@AlbaRepublic__) December 14, 2020
Hey peter just an idea but maybe just maybe it might be an idea to go into the qualifiers with a strengthened team …. give it a thought
— Elior Kersnibs Esq (@EliorEsq) December 14, 2020
To blame the state we are in on no fans is laughable,and that’s me being kind! Every club is in the same position,that stops that exuse in its tracks! I’ve heard now refs and lack of fans are to blame! Complacency and arrogance are the real reasons for this sessions shit show!
— Daniel henderson (@Danielh15215783) December 14, 2020
they honestly believe they have rode this out with 2 wins…1 a dead rubber and the other against a team we should be giving a hiding too ?
— pmcc13 (@pmcc1313) December 14, 2020
We had fans for Athens, Cluj & Copenhagen. This goes beyond not having fans in the ground
— Chris (@ChrisBB91) December 14, 2020
We need Lawwell gone to achieve what we can in Europe.
— 45% Stood Tall (@1888_Originals) December 14, 2020
He buys players after we have gone out.
— MalkyC (@MalkyC01) December 14, 2020
Well that’s complete nonsense
— CainoRedMan (@CainoMan) December 14, 2020