Less than a month after stepping away as CEO the legacy of Peter Lawwell is already an issue among Celtic fans.
In October 2004 a fresh-faced CEO sat down to watch his side in a Champions League group that included Bayern Munich, Anderlecht and Lyon. A squad full of UEFA Cup finalists picked up a credible eight points but failed to advance to the knock-out phase.
On Wednesday Dom McKay watched a makeshift Celtic side crumble to a club that was formed in 1999- the year that John Barnes was given a crack in management.
It must have been painful viewing for the new CEO who is unlikely to be cushioned by the £3.5m salary that his predecessor picked up in 2019.
In every way Mackay has a massive job in front of him. It isn’t a PR operation, its not a case of shifting the message. Big decisions need to be made requiring serious resources, every few days he will be under scrutiny with a brutal failure delivered from Denmark.
McKay could enjoy medium term plans and targets with SRU, at Celtic he has one month in the transfer window to instil serious chance or he’ll be facing the most demanding of autumns and winters from a support very very sceptical of the motives of his predecessor.
For the first time in some 20 years, we’ll fall second in the country financially, when they qualify for the Champions League.
A full decade to consolidate, build and finish them off, squandered.
That’s Lawells legacy.
— The Celtic Way (@TheCelticWay3) July 28, 2021
Keep in mind he took over shortly after the Seville final. That’s what he inherited yet gets regular bonuses.
— 1888Steven (@1888steven) July 29, 2021
Complacency and arrogance
— Cesar_67 (@Glscelt7) July 29, 2021
He single handedly allowed them back in. He already admitted that we needed them because we were down X amount per month. Always about the bottom line with PL and never about us being as big as we can be. A massive opportunity to progress in Europe missed. That’s also his legacy!
— Mark (@FirstLast9IAR) July 29, 2021
Spot on, if we took advantage of all those free hits at Champions League qualification we could have been out of site for a long time. Shambolic state of affairs at our Football Club
— Robert Gibson (@bigboabygibson) July 29, 2021
Absolutely spot on. They were terrified the old firm brand would disappear.
— Ed Johnstone (@_edjohnstone) July 29, 2021
You just know board will be saying, this is the business we’re in, we must be risk averse, work hard &have patience etc. Consoling each other that their wisdom knows best, no sense of self-awareness or resp. for series of dreadful decisions they’ve taken &their cumulative effect!
— The BhoyW (@BigTfromHalfway) July 29, 2021
The old firm is more important to the board than the club itself. Every season ticket holder by extension is endorsing it and are part of the whole problem.
— ? (@Ryxn47) July 29, 2021
I suppose that’s the Paradise hotel binned ?
— (JohnnyBhoy ?) (@johnmcc17199131) July 29, 2021