Former Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas, who won two top-flight titles and one League Cup during his Celtic playing career, has been discussing the Hoops’ Peter Lawwell succession plan.
What has Nicholas said about Celtic’s plan to replace Lawwell?
In his latest column for the Daily Express, via Glasgow Live, Nicholas blasted Celtic’s plan to keep Lawwell in his position for the rest of the campaign, saying that the outgoing Hoops chief “should step down with immediate effect”.
This comes after Celtic have endured an unsuccessful 2020/21 season in which they have been knocked out of Europe, the League Cup and currently trail their Old Firm rivals by a significant margin in the Premiership, putting their hopes of winning a historic tenth straight Scottish top-flight title in jeopardy.
Nicholas, who has described Celtic’s season as a “disaster”, went on to explain that he feels Celtic’s current plan “causes more problems” than it solves before sharing concern over the possibility that Lawwell, who has endorsed McKay, played a part in selecting his successor, saying: “The fact that Lawwell helped to select McKay from Scottish Rugby as his replacement scares me.”
The pundit then declared that all of this makes him feel that Celtic are “a shambles” at present.
Do you agree with Nicholas?
Transfer Tavern take
Perhaps it’s understandable, given how unsuccessful Celtic’s season has been, why Nicholas seems to think that the club has no need to wait until the end of the season to make the necessary changes.
It remains to be seen what processes are going on behind the scenes at Parkhead to prepare for this transition, but you could argue that from the outside, it seems like the Hoops are in something of a state of limbo at present.
So, it will be interesting to see how smooth this behind the scenes transition goes in the summer because one could argue, as Nicholas has, that Celtic require a significant “rebuild” and it may have been helpful to give McKay more time in his new role to ensure that rebuild goes well.
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