Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell would leave Parkhead “a hero” if the club win their 10th consecutive title, according to Frank McAvennie.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hoops and St Mirren striker said he would give the 61-year-old “pass marks” for his 18-year tenure as chief executive.
The club announced on 29 January that Peter Lawwell will to retire from his position in June.
Lawwell succeeded Ian McLeod in 2003 and has guided the Hoops to nine consecutive league titles and the treble-treble.
While McAvennie recognised the domestic success enjoyed under Lawwell he bemoaned the club’s failings in Europe.
“If Peter had walked away this year with the club having won the 10, he would leave as a hero,” he told Football Insider.
“But the way things have panned out this season, people are annoyed at him and I get that. He will know that himself.
“I would give him pass marks, definitely. He took over in 2003 after the cup final in Seville. In Europe, I cannot give him pass marks for Europe but domestically he has done well.
“People will talk about Rangers not being there but Celtic can only beat what is in front of them.
“To win a cup is very hard. It just takes one slip up and you are out. For Celtic to win treble after treble – that is no fluke. Peter has guided them to that so he deserves credit. I will give him pass marks.”