A year of anguish, pain and protests culminated last month as Celtic ended their bitter campaign without a single trophy to their name.
You can blame a number of people at the Hoops, whether it be the former manager, the head of recruitment or the owner.
However, there has been one name that supporters have often called out at Parkhead; Peter Lawwell.
The club’s chief executive officer announced his retirement back in January with the 62-year-old set to stand down at the conclusion of the season.
Dominic McKay was revealed as his successor and he’s already been working behind the scenes in a bid to find Celtic’s new manager.
However, it’s thought that Lawwell has now officially left his position after packing his bags last Friday.
That’s according to a segment of fan media after Harry Brady told his podcast listeners the following:
“Peter Lawwell finished at 5pm on Friday. Well, at some point on Friday, apparently. I don’t think that’s been formally announced because technically I’m sure his contracts paid up, but apparently, Friday was actually his last day.
“That’s part of the reason that prompted me to do this podcast because it hopefully clears the way for Dominic McKay to make all these announcements.”
Lawwell has been associated with Celtic since the beginning of the 1990s when he became the club’s financial controller.
Since then he’s risen up the ranks and held a very high seat at the top of the Bhoys’ hierarchy.
However, his methods have been called into question by specific supporter groups.
ACSOM host Paul John Dykes criticised him last month for the way he replaced Brendan Rodgers with Neil Lennon despite having a hefty sum in compensation fees to spend.
Dykes said after the 4-1 drubbing against Rangers: “So we make around £10m when he [Rodgers] goes to Leicester and what do we do with it? We bring in Neil Lennon. Now, that is on Peter Lawwell and that performance today if you really want to track it back is on Lawwell.”
He continued: “The suggestion that Peter Lawwell will still be at the club in some capacity going forward, Celtic fans should be frightened about that. He is the reason we have fallen so disparagingly short this season.”
With that in mind, seeing him finally depart Paradise should be seen as a good thing. It may well end a 30-year association for the club but a clean slate is exactly what they need in order to reinvigorate themselves.
Celtic were the dominant force in Scottish football for so long but after finally losing their grasp on the Premiership, a fresh start with McKay and a new manager should be profitable.
The club needs new ideas and they will only get that once Lawwell leaves. Therefore, this news should be the music to the ears of every single fan.