Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has dismissed criticism about the Scottish club’s transfer policy after coming under fire from fans and former players.
Talking to Scottish Sun, Lawwell said a touch of realism is required when considering the state of finances in Scottish Football:
“Supporters are very much entitled to their opinion. When things don’t go as well as they hope then there is always somebody to blame. In terms of the banners I don’t take that personally.”
“I take it as a sign of the times, but the answer is this: If I’m not here, then there will be a new me. And he’s not suddenly going to find tens of millions of pounds stuffed in the bottom drawer. And he’s only going to try and do the same things that I’ve been doing to maximise the future of this club.”
Banners were unfurled in the 1-1 home draw against Ross County last month criticising Lawwell and Celtic majority shareholder, Dermot Desmond, for not investing in the team, which has led to many fans staying away from games at Celtic Park.
Manager Ronny Deila and assistant coach John Collins have added fuel to the fire by explaining the state of the Celtic squad is the result of not being able to compete with wages from English clubs, leading to gambles being taken on lower quality players.
With the return of Rangers to the top flight next season and with their Old Firm rivals promising to invest in new players, pressure may mount on Lawwell to change his transfer policy.