The senior Celtic Park figure has been heavily criticised in the wake of Tuesday night's defeat to CFR Cluj.
Celtic's exit from UEFA Champions League qualifying for the second successive season has sent shockwaves through the club and supporters.
The 4-3 defeat to Romanian champions CFR Cluj was both shocking and entirely predictable. It's a juxtaposition that fans have had to endure far too often in Europe in recent years.
Celtic have exited the qualifying process of the big European competition four times in the last six years, despite often being the heavyweight in ties they are expected to win.
Cluj, AEK Athens, Malmo and Maribor have all robbed the Hoops the opportunity to earn the riches of the Champions League group stages in that time.
Hardly giants of European football that were impossible to overcome.
There are good arguments to be made about how the qualifying process is a ridiculous gauntlet and that teams of Celtic's stature shouldn't be forced to play such important matches so early in the summer.
However, when you see the Scottish champions capitulate in the manner they did on Tuesday night then it's hard to tolerate excuses or have sympathy.
Celtic robbed themselves. With poor planning, poor recruitment, a poor team selection and poor decisions on the pitch. Nobody should escape the glare of criticism.
One man some fans feel is partly to blame is chief executive Peter Lawwell.
The Hoops decision maker is regarded as one of the most influential figures at Celtic Park, having in part a say on transfer budgets, managerial appointments and signings made by the club.
When shocking European exits occur, he will inevitably receive some of flak and last night was no different.
Some are so sick of the direction he is taking the club that they want him gone.
Is European failure enough to justify that stance in the face of immense domestic success? That's what supporters are currently weighing up.
These fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on it all...
Lawwell holding us back in Europe. Simple.— LAC (@LAC67_) August 13, 2019
Lawwell is happy to play it safe by selling our best asset each season to compensate for the Champions League group stage money. This season it was Tierney. Next season it will be Edouard. The season after that Ajer. Lawwell's pockets get fatter and our team gets weaker.— Rikos (@Rikos67_) August 13, 2019
Celtic have had numerous chances to modernize the way their football operations is set up. They could be ahead of the curve, but instead thanks to Peter Lawwell, they are behind. I don't care how many titles Celtic win under his stewardship, Lawell has damaged the club.— Matt Rhein (@mattrhein86) August 13, 2019
The only thing that'll stop the 10 is @CelticFC, in particular, Lawwell.— The Huddleboard (@huddleboard) August 13, 2019
Lennon is tonight's scapegoat & yes,in terms of selection & tactics, he deserves some flak. But the bigger culprits are Lawwell & the board. Virtually every year they under-invest prior to the CL qualifiers- holding back to see if we make the group stage. No wonder we are failing— Brian McNally (@McNallyMirror) August 13, 2019
Don't even know where to start with that. An absolutely shambolic night that destroys all the optimism and positivity built up over the last month.— Moravcik67 (@Moravcik67_) August 13, 2019
The players and manager need to go take a good look at themselves. Lawwell just needs to go.
Peter Lawwell has turned Celtic into a team that can’t get past extremely average teams in Europe or we ride our luck and absolutely scrape in the CL group stage, it’s just a pity his bonus isn’t linked to European achievements? Out the CL but over £40m in the bank #Negligence— Griff (@MildooWolf) August 13, 2019
every season lawwell lets the fans down #lawellout— christopher mcmenemy (@chrissy872) August 14, 2019
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