PETER LAWWELL will return to Celtic as chairman when he takes over from Ian Bankier when he retires on January 1 2023.

The former chief executive left his position at Parkhead in the summer of 2021, but will now make a quickfire comeback as club supremo, as CQN forecast in July.

The 63-three-year-old has continued to represent Celtic since his departure and was their representative on the European Club Association Board.

The announcement was made by the club earlier today.

During Lawwell’s previous tenure, Celtic won 29 trophies, including 13 league titles and a phenomenal quadruple treble.

PARKHEAD POWERBROKERS…Peter Lawwell and majority shareholder Dermot Desmond.

Lawwell, speaking to the club website, said: “As a lifelong Celtic supporter it is a great privilege to be asked to take up the position of chairman, having already been part of our great club for nearly 18 years.

“These are exciting times for the club and I look forward to contributing to the well-being and success of the club.

“Our objective as ever will be to grow and further develop the club across all areas. Led by an excellent Chief Executive in Michael Nicholson, and Chief Financial Officer Chris McKay, the club has a high-quality management team in place.

“I will be offering my support and guidance to the board and executive management team to ensure that we continue to drive the club forward and protect and promote the interests of our supporters.”

MAN AT THE TOP…Peter Lawwell returns as chairman on January 1 2023.

Lawwell was instrumental in Ange Postecoglou being named Celtic manager in June last year as long-term successor to Neil Lennon who departed the Hoops in February that year after a sequence of disappointing results.

The club put John Kennedy in interim charge for the remaining 10 games of a miserable campaign that saw the team limp in without silverware for the first time in 11 years.

A three-month ill-fated pursuit of former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe followed before Lawwell stepped in to put Postecoglou in the frame.

A couple of weeks after the Greek-Australian’s appointment, Lawwell left his postiion as chief executive.




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