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Peter Lawwell books in for ECA gravy train appointment

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Peter Lawwell has booked in to Budapest for a couple of days hot air as the European Club Association get together for an exchange of ideas.

Now clocking in as the Chairman of the Celtic the 63-year-old has been on the Executive Board of the ECA while Scottish football is continually marginalised.

On the park Celtic haven’t won a knock out tie in a UEFA competition since Lawwell was settling into the CEO role in March 2004. Business is business however with Lawwell taking home £3.5m in salary and bonus in 2019 following Celtic’s Champions League exit to AEK Athens.

Lawwell’s profile on the ECA website seems a little out of date but describes him as:

Peter Lawwell is CEO of Celtic plc, having joined the company in October 2003 from his position as Commercial Director with Clydeport plc.  Previously, he held senior positions with ICI, Hoffman-La-Roche and Mining Scotland.

Lawwell has served on the Board of Directors of the SPFL, the Scottish FA and the Scottish FA Professional Game Board, representing professional clubs.

During Lawwell’s tenure, the Club has won 20 major trophies (10 League Championships, 6 Scottish Cups, 4 League Cups), qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League on 9 occasions and qualified for the last 16 on 3 occasions. 

He is also a Trustee of Celtic FC Foundation, the Club’s charitable arm, upholding the strong charitable principles and proud heritage of Celtic Football Club.

Lawwell has served as an Executive Board Member of ECA since March 2014, has been a member of the UEFA Club Competitions Committee since 2015 and was elected as one of ECA’s four representatives on UEFA’s Professional Football Strategy Council (PFSC) in August 2017.

While the ECA meets and talks UEFA gets on with the business of running football with lip service given to the talking shop gathering in Budapest this week.

In season 2012/13 the champions of Scotland faced two qualifying rounds to reach the group stage of the Champions League. Despite the ‘influence’ of Lawwell on the ECA Executive board within five years that route was expanded to four qualifying rounds with the matches played over eight consecutive midweeks.

Scottish football is unique within UEFA in that one member club has their own special set of rules, at the 2019 Celtic AGM Lawwell laughed to shareholders that he had never seen the Five (Six) Way Agreement of 2012 signed off by the SFA and SPL to assist the Ibrox Tribute Act formed by Charles Green.

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  • Bob (original) says:

    A wee inconsistency;

    Lawwell was – pointedly – announced as “Non-Executive” Chairman at Parkhead.

    yet he is currently an “Executive” Board Member of the ECA?!

    We all know what’s inevitably coming down the pike: Lawwell is going to be a problem.

    Lawwell has had his time at Parkhead: 17 years as CEO was WAY too long.

  • KC67 says:

    Should never have been brought back to the club, his appointment still leaves s bad taste in the mouth with most fans. Him and the Desmonds have had their time at the club, time for change, new investment, and new thinking to move the club forward in Europe.

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