Whelan View: 'Big' Celtic manager, boardroom & transfer changes are on the way

“Big” manager, boardroom and transfer changes are coming at Celtic.

That is according to former Scottish Premiership forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after a seismic week at Parkhead.

Peter Lawwell, the club’s chief executive for 17 years, announced last Friday that he would be retiring at the end of the season.

The news comes with Celtic on a run of just one win in six matches, a 2-1 loss to St. Mirren on Saturday the latest body blow for the stalling Glasgow side.

And the 61-year-old powerbroker’s departure may lead to an overhaul of non-playing staff as well as a “transfer exodus” in the summer, according to Noel Whelan.

Reacting to the news of Lawwell’s departure, Whelan told Football Insider: “They needed changes, it’s gotten stale at the club and I think there’s more changes to come as well.

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“We keep looking at the team, now we’re looking at the club, there’s been a lot of players there that have been knocking on the door wanting to leave. I think we’ll see a bit of a transfer exodus in the summertime.

“That might not just be players but I think they’ll be thinking managerial as well because I think there will be some big, big changes at Celtic and I think it is needed. I think sometimes you can be at a club too long. Sometimes you need to freshen things up.

“I think the way you see the season has gone this year for Celtic, there’s definitely some changes that are needed – in the board, strong decision-makers, a different mindset, a different way of thinking and a different way to take this club forward.

“Where they are right now, even though it’s second, which you would expect Rangers or Celtic to be one or the other, it’s the distance they’re away from Rangers right now which is worrying.”

Though things may have turned sour of late, Lawwell’s time at Parkhead has been characterised by monumental success on the pitch.

Celtic won 29 trophies throughout his reign and thrice reached the knockout rounds of the Champions League.

In other news, a former Celtic man has criticised Neil Lennon for his treatment of a Hoops youngster.