Charlie Nicholas believes that Celtic’s miserable league campaign will be the end of the road for Peter Lawwell.
The CEO is by far the highest paid employee at the club with a strong internal powerbase built up after 17 years in charge of the day to day running of the club.
Nicholas recently suggested that one of Dermot Desmond’s sons would take over as CEO with results and the continued backing for Neil Lennon suggesting that Lawwell is badly out of touch with the supporters and in denial over desperate results.
Picking up on his column in The Express, the Daily Record reports Nicholas saying:
I believe there will be changes at boardroom level. I think this could be the end for Peter Lawwell – he will think enough is enough. We would then have to see what the majority shareholder ( Dermot Desmond ) decides.
Celtic now find themselves in the situation they are in because they have been cheap in the transfer market. I don’t mean in terms of spending but in terms of their strategy and how they fit players into the team.
Celtic made big statements with £9million for Odsonne Edouard and then £7.5million for Christopher Jullien. They then paid big wages for Shane Duffy and a big transfer fee for Vasilis Barkas.
I said they came out of the last window weaker and I was ridiculed at the time, but since then the evidence has been there for all to see.
Celtic, in fairness, were the better team against Rangers on Saturday and should have won. But it was exactly the same as in last season’s Betfred Cup when Celtic won it, thanks to Fraser Forster’s heroics.
Celtic’s two best players were Kristoffer Ajer and Jeremie Frimpong – two defenders. In fairness, Neil probably picked the team I would have started with. Celtic came out and played well. It was a show of defiance from the champions.
They showed they are a good side and can be as good as Rangers on their day, but haven’t shown the same consistency as the Ibrox men. Where has this team been for the last two months? There will be changes at boardroom level.
Overnight a report in The Sun has claimed that Lennon has the backing of Dermot Desmond to see the season out which suggests that change isn’t coming any time soon.