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WHAT HAPPENS IF BRENDAN LEAVES? CELTIC CHIEF GIVES HIS ANSWER

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PETER LAWWELL has revealed Celtic have a plan in place if – or when – boss Brendan Rodgers leaves.

The Hoops’ chief executive said: “We do, of course, that’s a part of our succession planning. Brendan is an outstanding manager and has done an outstanding job here.

“We are pretty close and genuinely he’s never been happier in a job and in his professional life outside the job.

“I think we are secure as we possibly can be with an outstanding manager here.

“There’s no sign of him wanting to move on, but, inevitably, there will come a time he will probably want to.

“I don’t know when that will be, but, hopefully, it will be in many years.

“We need to plan for that and understand what the next step will be.”

Lawwell also took a thinly-veiled swipe at the SFA over their organisation of Scotland’s summer tour to Peru and Mexico.

The champions’ supremo expressed his disappointment over the timing which has only three Hoops players involved due to the club’s European commitments.

When asked if the Parkhead club had been notified about the international team’s plans, Lawwell answered: “No, the first time we heard it was in the newspaper, so that was real frustration for us and we made our thoughts known to the SFA.

“There’s no doubt to build relationships with clubs going forward, communication and engagement is absolutely essential.

“So, hopefully, now with Ian Maxwell in there, he understands that and that will be a big improvement going forward.”

 
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