'No public recognition' - Celtic chief has huge dig at Scottish authorities
Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has slaughtered the politicians of Scotland for the lack of respect that they give to Scottish football, and the Hoops in particular.
The Hoops supremo was particularly annoyed that the Hoops’ haven’t been given more praise for their unprecedented feat of winning back to back domestic trebles.
“You very rarely get anything positive from the authorities about football” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“If you look at Holyrood (the Scottish Parliament) then it’s offensive behaviour act, strict liability and no public recognition of what Celtic does” he continued.
He also confirmed plans for the ‘fanzone’ which was recently trialled at Celtic Park would continue next season.
“It was a great success on Sunday for us, it was the first licensed fanzone and it was an overwhelming success and clearly we’d like to do it again.”
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In a way it isn’t a surprise that the authorities generally keep quiet about football in Scotland. They don’t want to be seen as favouring one club over the other, which would cause plenty of issues between Celtic and Rangers fans. It is a bit odd though that Glasgow seems to be ashamed of having two massive clubs in it’s city. Perhaps that is because of certain issues in the past. It was always unlikely though that the authorities would congratulate the Hoops on making Scottish football history. Lawwell will just have to be satisfied with congratulations from the people who really matter – the supporters. Their endorsement means far more than from any politician. Most Hoops fans would agree that Lawwell – who has been criticised in the past – is doing a great job at the moment. And that shows that he must be doing something right, even if the authorities are keeping quiet.
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