Date: 18th April 2021 at 6:42pm
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may be leaving but he won’t be forgotten or forgiven by many Celtic fans.

Had the 61-year-old chosen to step down a year ago he could have enjoyed his retirement looking back on a period of unprecedent domestic success. A recent run of trophies that evaded and every other era in Celtic’ history.

Like heavy-weight boxers few know the right time to step down and walk away, the lure of one more title, another bout, an extra pay day can be hard to resist.

Delivering 10-in-a-row would have been irresistible for Lawwell, Celtic’s profile in Europe has crashed significantly in recent seasons btu much of that would have been overlooked if the club had delivered the cherished 10th title.

When the rot set in will be the guessing game of supporters for years to come.

At the end of August alarm bells should have been listened to when Ferencvaros ended hopes of reaching the Champions League group phase. If the defeat wasn’t enough of a warning Neil Lennon’s after-match comments should have caused alarm bells as he discussed players wanting away.

In the October Derby Celtic failed to put a shot on target, that reverse was followed by four more home defeats on the bounce. Sparta Prague beat Celtic 4-1 home and away.

At the start of December a managerial review was announced. In February Ian Bankier announced that no hasty decision would be made, later that month Neil Lennon resigned.

arrives tomorrow to shadow Lawwell, the new CEO has a massive rebuild to undertake, a look at his predecessor will show him how not to do the job.