By Harry Sykes
Davie Provan has slammed Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell for staying silent on Paris Saint-Germain’s clear bending of financial fair play regulations.
The Hoops legend turned his guns on the Celtic supremo for having a “dig” at Rangers’ EBT scheme, while keeping his cards close to his chest on more significant matters.
PSG have come under the microscope for living way beyond their means due to the extreme wealth of the Qatari government that owns the club.
Ex-Celtic winger Provan is unimpressed that Lawwell has had nothing to say publicly about how the French club have signed Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for more than £350million ahead of next week’s mouthwatering showdown.
“Strange then, he’s not uttered a word on the Financial Fair Play rammy ahead of Tuesday’s visit of Paris St Germain,” Provan wrote in his weekly Scottish Sun column.
“Celtic supporters shouldn’t be confused with the PSG side that last visited Glasgow in 1995. Brendan Rodgers’ team isn’t taking on a football club in midweek, they’re playing the third biggest gas producer in the world. PSG is Qatar by any other name.
“It would have been interesting to get Lawwell’s take on PSG’s summer spending. Maybe he’s saving it for the Celtic Park boardroom and his PSG counterpart Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
“Now that Lawwell has been elected to the executive board of the European club association, the two men will be seeing a lot of each other.
“If Lawwell can keep a straight face, he should ask the Qatari how PSG managed to sign Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for £350million without breaking Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules.”
Celtic face a huge task in securing one of the top two places in one of the most demanding Champions League groups.
The Glasgow giants, who top the embryonic Scottish Premiership table as they defend their crown, must also overcome mighty Bayern Munich and Belgian champions Anderlecht.
In other Celtic news, the club are in advanced talks to sign up an enforcer, with the deal to be done this month.