Celtic will welcome a new chief executive in the summer as Peter Lawwell bids farewell

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Peter Lawwell has received praise from an unlikely source.

It was confirmed last month that the chief executive would be leaving his role at Celtic in the summer, amid a turbulent season that’s seen the club perform poorly on the pitch while receiving criticism for their trip to Dubai.

Lawwell, who became Celtic chief in 2003, will be replaced by former Scottish Rugby chief operating officer Dominic McKay.

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Former Rangers man Andy Halliday has never been flavour of the month with Celtic supporters, having idolised the Ibrox side since youth and gone on to make 152 appearances after signing in 2015.

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Now, however, he has hailed the achievements of Celtic’s outgoing chief.

Speaking on Open Goal’s Keeping The Ball On The Ground podcast, former Rangers centre-forward Kevin Kyle said: “I am pretty sure Andy would agree that if Dave King was there (at Rangers) for 17 years and decided to leave with that legacy and that amount of trophies, I think the Rangers fans would have been pretty happy.”

Halliday, who has made 18 appearances for Hearts this season, replied: “Oh aye, all day.

“He’s been there 17 years and the amount of trophies that he has overseen.

“How he has run Celtic as a business, turning profits, you mention the transfer fees he has brought in as well.

“He is having a hard time just now clearly as Neil Lennon and all the players are but I think by the end of the season he is going to look back on his period at Celtic with immense pride and how successful the period he was.

“If Dominic McKay is half as successful with the trophies he’s got then he is doing a good job.”

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