Celtic Diary Saturday June 17: An Open Letter To Peter Lawwell
Inspired by Joe O’Rourkes open letter to those who run the Scottish game, Jimmybee put together an openletter to Peter Lawwell and the Celtic board.
Thanks to both for the inspiration, I have changed a few things but the message remains true to Jimmybees original letter. ( Replies, Wednesdays diary )
I promised myself I would do everything I could to stop moaning and be a good Celtic supporter like you want us to be. Pay my money,and enjoy the good times while I can.
We all did.
These are good times to be a Tim, and we’d like to thank you for all your hard work in getting us to where we are today.
No one can argue that the club is better off for the tremendous amount of work you have put in over the years/
No one can argue that you don’t feel for the club as much as any supporter in the stand.
But I find that your silence on several issues was somewhat mystifying in that there were several incidents in Scottish Football which I believe merited comment from a person in your position.
I might be wrong here but I believe the SFA have an agenda against our club,and are desperate to get any form of Rangers back to topple us.
Was it ever any different ?
But that doesn’t mean we should accept it.
Statements from the president recently indicate that the anti Celtic cabal within the SFA is alive and well…and they have caused concern amongst shareholders and supporters alike.
These were made during a recent return to public life at the conclusion of the trial of Craig Whyte, who was acquitted of fraud charges in the high court recently.
In fact, it was as though they were waiting for that trial to conclude before re entering public life.
Witness statements left a lot of questions unanswered about the role that the SFA played in the events leading up to the liquidation of Rangers.
For whatever reason you have kept your council on these statements, but I believe that genuine Celtic supporters would agree with me in thinking that it is part of your remit to make comment when the situation is important enough.
There were also incidents during games which the Celtic support perhaps feel that comment is necessary
Let me take through a couple of those incidents, not in any particular order.
First of all when our team Celtic played at Ibrox stadium on April 29th, our club captain Scott Brown was confronted on the field of play by a supporter of Rangers, I use the term supporter loosely. At the time of the incident the response from the Police/Security was at best lax, and at worst pathetic.
I would have thought such a serious incident would have merited comment, but all we got from you was silence.
At the same match there was another incident which if anything was even more serious. After Scott Sinclair scored for Celtic he was celebrating with his team mates when he was subjected to the most obscene Racist abuse, by more than one supporter of Rangers, and again I use the term supporter loosely.
Again the silence from you and that of the SFA was deafening. We expect it from the SFA, but we don’t accept it.
During that match, and in fact at every match we have played against Rangers we have been subjected to almost non-stop sectarian singing, and while I would not contend that our support is perfect, they are certainly not sectarian.
Yet given every opportunity you turn over our bhoys to the corrupt and Masonic police Scotland to deal with.
Their crime,singing an Irish freedom song.
We understand that you may be obliged to, but there is a feeling that you are also obliged to report others who commit these “crimes ” within the walls of Celtic Park.
Yet you, and the image of the club worldwide , has benefited greatly from the same fans, and the hard work they have put into making Celtic Park one of the most famous grounds in world football, with an atmosphere second to none.
The Tifo for the 125th anniversary,and the most recent 50th anniversary Lisbon lions sells in your shops.
Without the same fans we’d be just another club. With them, as we proclaim , we are more than than a club.
Another question which is being asked by us and which must be answered is in regards to the criteria which must be met to be awarded a European spot by the SFA for season 2017/18. Do all the clubs in Scotland which have been awarded a place meet the criteria? Are you bothered that another legacy of possible rule breaches is happening on your watch?
Where is the demand for clarification that all clubs have met the required financial fair play rules ?
I also noted with interest this week that in the media, SFA President Alan McRae stated that it would be a “very boring and dreary” season in Scottish Football if our Invincible Treble Winners aren’t challenged. McRae doesn’t want just any team to challenge, he just wants it to be Rangers who are doing the challenging,how does this sit with you?
As the representative of Celtic supporters and shareholders, how does it really make you feel ?
Are you getting the same sense of deja vu that we are ?
There was also the appearance by the two men who run Scottish football in front of a committee which wanted to know why other clubs are paying below a guaranteed minimum wage to their youngsters.
Whilst the internal dealings of other clubs are beyond your remit, the shameful way in which the officials defended their illegal practice of exploitation demands a comment as to their capability of doing their jobs properly.
After all, Celtic have to abide by the rules, should you not be questioning why those who do not are given special treatment ?
Theres a whole lot of questions that emerge on that subject, not least about events back in 2011..
You see, Peter,I would like to ask you if you have changed your position by the group of Celtic Supporter Shareholders known as “Resolution 12”. Although I never followed the Craig Whyte trial very closely, I read enough to suggest that contrary to what was claimed, the Tax Liability had crystallised and therefore a European Licence should not have been issued to Rangers.
That means without a shadow of a doubt one or more people were telling lies, the question is Peter ,when the fuck are you going to have the balls to back our great club up?
I don’t expect you to answer that, and perhaps I could have put it in less vulgar terms, but it is an indication of a frustration that I am sure I share with thousands of other supporters.
There is also the case of the DOS/EBT with side letters schemes ran by Rangers, was the full truth put before Lord Nimmo Smith?
Again were one or more people telling lies?
That only leaves me to believe that Celtic must take the lead.
This issue is about proper governance. Some still believe its Celtic and Rangers.
It isn’t, and its your job to make sure people know that.
Do all of this , and you will become a hero , spoken of in hushed and revered tones, sung about long after you have retired, and all you have to do is step up and ask the questions that the support cannot get answered.
Trust me, we are right behind you to a man.
Failure to do so will have far greater repercussions than merely seeing a few clubs get away with breaking the rules, assisted by the men who run the game.
Sponsors and fans will drift away, players of any note will not wish to ply their trade in Scotland, and interest from television companies will wane.
Its time to begin the clean up. To restore faith in our game, to restore its image.
You have a crucial part to play.
We are right behind you.
Think about how you want the support to remember you when your tenure is over….
And take the appropriate action.