Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has hit out at critics who believe he is responsible for the club’s current transfer policy.
Former players and fans have been critical with regards to the lack of investment in quality playing staff in the last few years with many believing players who have been allowed to leave haven’t been replaced by those with the same level of ability.
In response, Lawwell told the Scotsman that he had no involvement in the club’s recruitment process:
“It is absolute rubbish I have no input into players beyond conducting the financial aspect of transfers. The scouts provide reports and the manager picks the players within that process. It is total nonsense to say it’s any other way here. Simply not true. People present it otherwise because they want to be mischievous.”
Lawwell believes he is blamed for all the bad signings but not ever credited for the good ones:
“It is funny, when they do they never credit the Celtic CEO with bringing in the likes of [Victor] Wanyama, [Fraser] Forster or [Virgil] Van Dijk, but guys who didn’t work out so well.”
The low investment in players has also been highlighted by manager Ronny Deila and assistant manager John Collins, who both accept that the club can’t compete with Europe’s top clubs for players.
Lawwell himself did however admit that they do not have the financial clout to spend on Champions League ready players:
“There is an over-eagerness to blame, though, and it is not black and white when it comes to the judgment the squad is too big. We are a club with Champions League aspirations but we cannot buy Champions League-ready players. We look for potential.”