Peter Lawwell hails Neil Lennon for ‘answering Celtic’s call’

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has praised Neil Lennon after he put himself in a “difficult position” to help the club in its time of need.

Lawwell said it was a “measure of the man” that he put the club first in what could have been a no-win situation after Brendan Rodgers had left it in the lurch.

If Celtic lost any part of the Treble, Lennon would have taken flak for it, while some people might not give him the due credit for seeing the job through to an historic conclusion.

In a Q&A from the Celtic Festival at the weekend posted on the club’s website, Lawwell said: “One of the most important things for a football club is stability.

“Once you lose that, things can go wrong. Neil Lennon gave us that. He wanted it, and he answered the call. He put himself in a difficult position, and it shows you the great measure of the man.

“Now, we’re are going into a phase with Neil at the helm. He knows what’s required and knows Glasgow. He’s got a fantastic eye for a player and has all the attributes.”

The backroom team who stepped up following that shock in February were also lauded.

The CEO said: “John Kennedy has been so consistent from the last regime. He’s been that constant, and in Damien we’ve got a fantastic find, and a hugely enthusiastic coach.”

Lawwell said the last few years have been ‘remarkable’ as Celtic have dominated the Scottish game.

He said: “If we were to reflect on our recent achievements, the Treble Treble, eight-in-a row, it’s remarkable.”

“Where we are at the moment, it’s a fantastic time to be a Celtic supporter.”

With Celtic fans desperate for new signings to keep the ‘in-a-row’ years rolling on, Lawwell had a message for the support.

He said: “Of course, the Celtic supporters are second to none.

“They’re consistently great, they love this massive club, and they have ambition and expectations which we will always endeavour to meet.”

With fresh blood urgently required for the CL and new season, let’s hope that there’s plenty of “endeavouring” going on right now and some quality additions will soon be unveiled.


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