Mark Lawwell first recommendation to Celtic


Ange Postecoglou, by his own words, worked closely with Mark Lawwell during his time at City Football Group’s Yokohama F. Marinos and had a big influence in the appointment of our new Head of First Team Scouting and Recruitment.

The tie goes deeper, though.  It was Mark Lawwell, who a year ago, told his closest contact at Celtic about an Australian he knew that was working in Japan and who would be a far better appointment than Eddie Howe.

The then incoming chief exec was understandably cautious about taking this recommendation, preferring to wait for Howe, a known entity.  When that line of pursuit was no longer open, the club took Mark Lawwell’s recommendation.  It was a radical decision and a huge risk, made at a time when two chief execs were in the building, with differing views.

The relationship between manager, head of scouting and chief exec can make or break a club.  They flourish whenever all three are working in sync.  On that basis, I’m encouraged by where we are ahead of the summer transfer window.

Uefa’s news yesterday, that Russian clubs will not participate in European football next season, confirmed that the cinch Scottish Premiership champions will gain automatic entry to the Champions League group stage.  We will talk more about what this means financially to the club at the appropriate time.  What you can be sure of is that a budget spreadsheet at Celtic Park has been updated, the recruitment team has been assembled and there is a clear sense of ambition at the club.

If Mark Lawwell’s player recommendations are half as good as his managerial suggestion, we can look forward to an interesting season.

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  1. Good Luck Mark, in your new position. Always good to have Tims in the right positions, por cierto

  2. “A Sense of Ambition” “A generation of Domination” The soundbites had better be spot on this time! :)) por cierto

  3. Interesting insight into and context around the events of last summer.



    It looks like we now have a settled and happy team working together at all levels. Its taken a while to get it right but it looks like we’ve got everything in place now.

  4. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    THEBHOYFROMU.N.C.L.E on 3RD MAY 2022 10:37 AM


    Will they rename the Broomloan stand……….The Bellend??





    Yer a bad man…






  5. Sláinte Ange on

    WESTCRAIGS on 2ND MAY 2022 11:32 AM


    I don’t think ange knows his best 11.




    But I bet you do



  6. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    “…Rangers, and Scottish football as a whole, have lost a legend and a friend today…”



    Lost a friend? Huv we?? Aye???



    I think I’ll take the advice offered previously – if nothing nice to say, then probably best saying nothing else.






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  8. McPhail Bhoy on

    For those of us who have great angst whenever a newspaper has a headline about which Celtic player is leaving and who is going to ‘snub Celtic’ we should all remember that for most newspapers today they only thing they get right is the date at the top. I see on announcing the death of Jimmy Bell, the Sun says he was 69 and the Mail says he was 57, how hard can it be to get even as basic information as a person’s age correct? We can forget any of these newspapers ever having any scoop on Celtic!

  9. theBHOYfromU.N.C.L.E on




    It’s good to be bad…………occasionally.

  10. Paul ‘pravda’ Brennan doing his usual for the board.


    The start up of another Kelly Grant Whyte dynasty.


    Fool me once etc etc


    Whats galling is that pravda lived through the shambles of the old board and the club being passed on to descendants of the 3 families over generations, yet actually congratulates the board in his header while knowing its happening all over again.


    And the reason for Lawwell getting the job, going by pravdas header, is preposterous.

  11. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    “It was Mark Lawwell, who a year ago, told his closest contact at Celtic about an Australian he knew that was working in Japan and who would be a far better appointment than Eddie Howe”






    On the appointment of new Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, outgoing chief executive Peter Lawwell added: “Ange is a manager we have known about for a number of years and someone who has been prominent in our thoughts for some time.


    Doesn’t quite add up……..

  12. Don’t know Mark Lawwell, Don’t know his background.



    If he gets the players Ange wants in and does it quickly then I’ll be happy.

  13. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    “and there is a clear sense of ambition at the club.”




    Yeah, right! Real ambition or old firm ambition?





    They say that to be a good liar you need to have a good memory.

  15. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    LAMBERT14 on 3RD MAY 2022 12:38 PM


    Paul ‘pravda’ Brennan doing his usual for the board.






    Understand the scepticism re: L Jr.’s role in the employment of Ange (that all seems a tad scripted for Hollywood).



    Interested, though, in your view on Ange’s apparent enthusiasm for the appointment of L Jr.?



    Do you feel that’s genuine, and is Ange’s role in the appointment significant – or do you feel he is being ‘handed’ a Chief Scout.



    I just don’t get the impression that Ange would accept such a key role being given to someone he wasn’t fully behind. And – as I mentioned – if Ange is fully behind it, purely on the chap’s skillset and experience, then happy with that.






  16. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    I’m a bit conflicted on Lawwell’s appointment. I’m very uncomfortable with family dynasties at Celtic (or anywhere). At the same time we have a true Celtic fan, a lad coming from the very top of the game and above all, has Ange’s seal of approval. So on balance I’ll support this.



    We need Leipzig to pump the huns and for them to get gubbed in the ECL play-offs. I think both will happen.



    Shocked to see Jimmy Bell has died suddenly. I don’t have anything nice to say about him, so will say no more than that.

  17. Paul67



    Great appointment, we’ve done well out of the Man City link where Mark was very highly rated at one of the world’s most successful clubs.



    If its good enough for Ange its good enough for me.

  18. SLÁINTE ANGE on 3RD MAY 2022 12:12 PM



    What an excellent reply :-)))

  19. Is Lawell or Nicholson responsible for clearing the deadwood:



    Barkas, Soro, Ajeti, Johnston, Bolingoli, McCarthy, Uroghide, Shaw, Montgomery,



    Possibly Forrest, Bitton, Julien, Welsh & Scales



    This summer will be busy.




  20. Tom McLaughlin on

    What’s all this rubbish about family dynasties? Mark Lawwell has been appointed to a role that makes him an employee of Celtic, just like Ange Postecoglou or John Kennedy. He isn’t on the board of directors.



    Admittedly,I wouldn’t expect the PL obsessives in our support to know what that means. Too bad. How sad. Never mind.

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  23. Hassan i Sabbah on

    Stop Press: Reports of Jimmy Bell’s death are inaccurate – it was his company that died.



    Remember. Nothing is true, everything is permitted.

  24. Welcome to Celtic, Mark, You will be judged on your performance,


    Best of Luck to you.

  25. Garngad to Croy on

    Tom McLaughlin 1:22pm



    Having served time in a Glasgow shipyard I have never been big on Nepotism and always told my own children to avoid the same profession as me for that very reason.

  26. Someone mentions dynasty and everyone and their dog joins in – pathetic.



    Once minute some are licking Ange’s backside, the next vitually calling him a liar, because he backs this appointment.



    The hatred of the Lawwell name by some is sickening and un-Celtic like.



    Of course it is only the on-line fraternity that are lit-up and they represent such a tiny fraction of the Celtic support. The only good thing is that maybe we’ll get a break from the ten year old Res 12 nonsense for a while – a pointless & failed crusade drummed-up by folk with too much time on their hands, and of which 99% of supporters don’t even know, or, care, about.



    Welcome home Mark!!!!

  27. The Battered Bunnet on

    While conscious of tempting fate… here’s a wee to-do list of first team starters for Mr Lawwell Jr, all signings to be of immediate and obvious quality:



    Two Centre Halfs (Centres Half? Centre Halves?) one of whom left sided. Getting Carter-Vickers on a permanent contract would be a good start.



    Left Back



    Deep sitting midfielder – to allow Calmac to play where he’s most effective.



    Genius footballer in the Lubo/Naka mould. Top Totti would do.






    Winger plus Jota on a permanent deal.



    While you’re at it, find a new club for James McCarthy please. Presumably Dom McKay will want to sign him for whatever club he’s now CEO of. (We seem to have had all of 354 minutes of James in the SPFL since he signed last summer)



    All that plus the pain-free disposal of Barkas, Bolingoli, Ajeti and Soro please.



    When you’re done can you find someone who knows about hamstring conditioning?




  28. Talking about pointless and to much time on your hands , aye you there …

  29. TOM MCLAUGHLIN @ 1:23


    HOT SMOKED @ 1:27




    Agree 100% with content & sentiments in both posts.

  30. Saint Stivs on

    Bill Leckie, that guy who talks shite for the sun.



    Why cant the supporters be more like Ange and GVB who warmly hugged on the touchline ………..




    hhhmmmm, were was something like that typed before ?

  31. Coaching ability — EH vs AP?


    That would be a very interesting discussion — I think EH would probably win on points.



    Managing ability — EH vs AP?


    AP is certainly winning regarding effort / engagement / ambition.



    However you can only employ who want’s to come.


    Plus AP has the scale of personality needed to succeed in a harsh / bitter environment.



    We gave AP the gig and by and large he has done well with a limited / failing squad.


    However after the failures of NL in 20/21 the Dagenham Girl Pipers U16 throw in coach would have been a significant improvement.



    The biggest issue is that we needed to go 6K miles at the last minute to find a replacement for a long term target who was not getting the loving vibe from his putative new employers and the relationship seemed to cool in months not weeks.



    What on earth was going on regarding back ups / Plan B / finger on the pulse of the coaching market that we need a Hail Mary play / fluke based on family ties to find a new manager when after the season from hell we should have been straining every sinew to get things back on track.



    The bit PL does not seem to understand — but the wily old fox DD does — is that if you get the team you want into place then it better work or you not them are in the firing line.



    Enough rope and all that.


    Worth a watching.


    Chairman — no.

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