John Hartson has advised talkSPORT he’s ‘not stunned’ by Celtic’s announcement of Peter Lawwell’s retirement because the membership’s chief government.
And the Hoops legend says supervisor Neil Lennon ought to be the following to go, saying there must be a whole rebuild ‘from high to backside’ at Celtic Park.
Lawwell introduced on Friday his plans to retire on the finish of the present season after 17 years pulling the strings on the Glasgow giants.
The 61-year-old has held the put up since 2003, overseeing 13 Premiership titles and 4 home trebles throughout his tenure, however leaves the membership below a cloud of controversy after Celtic’s ill-fated journey to Dubai in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bhoys’ winter break led to a serious backlash from followers, with the membership accused of being ‘out of contact’ with their supporters and the facet falling additional behind Outdated Agency rivals Rangers following their return to the nation, after supervisor Neil Lennon and 13 of his gamers had been compelled to self isolate and miss the membership’s subsequent two matches.
The information of Lawwell’s departure was welcomed by a big portion of Celtic supporters, though Hartson insisted he ought to go away the membership happy with his achievements.
However he admitted the announcement was not a shock.
“Effectively, I’m not overly stunned,” Hartson advised talkSPORT host Jim White.
“Peter’s been getting an terrible lot of criticism over the previous couple of years when it comes to Celtic not spending huge on gamers.
“With the workforce this season and Rangers catching up, they’re going to win the league, supporters have singled out Lawwell because the particular person in charge and I feel Peter may need simply had sufficient.
“You concentrate on it, he’s introduced 29 trophies again to Celtic Park in 17 years as chief government, that’s an terrible lot of trophies, he’s labored with a number of totally different managers and so far as Peter is worried I feel he may be happy with the job he’s achieved.
“However I do assume there’s a component of the Celtic help when the membership just isn’t spending huge cash on signings, Peter tends to take it within the neck. He’s the particular person individuals need to blame.
“I’ve seen the messages on Twitter saying ‘good riddance’ and that they’re delighted he’s going. I feel most can be fairly joyful to deliver another person in.
“However lots of supporters, me included, shall be grateful of the job he’s achieved when it comes to the trophy haul and he’s appointed some superb managers alongside the way in which and the membership has been very profitable.
“I want Peter properly.”
And Hartson believes former teammate Lennon ought to be the following to go away.
The previous striker lately admitted he has been left ‘damage and disillusioned’ after Lennon stated his opinion ‘means nothing to me’, following feedback from Hartson calling for the boss to go.
And that opinion has not modified.
Requested if he thinks Lawwell’s exit ought to sign the beginning of a rebuild at Parkhead, Hartson stated: “Yeah I do.
“I’ve been Neil Lennon’s largest supporter for a very long time. I truly advised Peter to offer him the job the primary time round, and I’ve obtained behind him greater than any participant, ex-player, teammate or member of the press.
“I’ve been the one to the detriment of getting lots of criticism for backing Neil, however I stated myself just a few weeks in the past once they went 21 factors behind Rangers I feel the entire thing wants a change.
“A change of supervisor, a change of workers proper from high to backside, I feel the membership wants a little bit of an overhaul.
“Rangers haven’t simply gained the league by 5 – 6 factors, if Celtic are usually not cautious Rangers would have wrapped the league up by the point the break up comes.
“So my very own private view, and I share the opinion with the likes of Stan Petrov and few different ex-players who’ve voiced that they need a change as properly, I feel that might be a superb factor for the membership.”