David Provan critical of Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell’s comments

Peter Lawwell, Chief Executive of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow,...

Peter Lawwell recently commented on Celtic’s ambition in Europe.

Peter Lawwell, Chief Executive of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow,...

David Provan has hit back at Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell in The Scottish Sun for his recent comments about the club’s potential.

As quoted in The Daily Record, Celtic chief executive Lawwell recently said that the ambition of the club is “maximising the potential” in Europe.

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Celtic legend Provan has hit back at those comments, and has suggested that the Hoops have settled on being a Europa League club, and not a Champions League outfit.

Provan has reminded Celtic fans of former manager Brendan Rodgers - now in charge of Leicester City in the Premier League - complaining about lack of investment in the club, and the Bhoys missing out on John McGinn to Aston Villa in the summer of 2018.

Provan wrote in The Scottish Sun: “Better still was the reaction to a shareholder who questioned Celts’ ambition in Europe. To that, Lawwell said: ‘The ambition is maximising the potential of this great club and going as far as we can go in Europe.’

“Really? Lawwell’s take doesn’t square with Brendan Rodgers’ who claimed the team was backsliding through lack of investment. And when Celts-daft John McGinn is allowed to slip through the net because of penny-pinching, what potential is being maximised?

“Bottom line is if Celtic still aspire to compete in Europe, it has to be in the Champions League. But their recent record in that competition suggests the board have raised the white flag. Directors have settled on being a Europa League club. For a board that milks Celtic’s European heritage, that’s unacceptable.”

General view outside the stadium ahead of the UEFA Europa League group E match between Celtic FC and Stade Rennes at Celtic Park on November 28, 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

European ambition

Celtic are doing well in Europe this season, as Neil Lennon’s side have progressed to the knockout rounds of the Europa League.

However, the Scottish Premiership club should be looking to play in the Champions League season after season, and perhaps in the coming years, they will make themselves regulars in Europe’s most premier club competition.

Peter Lawwell, Chief Executive of Celtic looks on prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on April 27, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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