Len­non says Lawwell is worth ev­ery penny of his salary

Evening Times - - LAST WORD - Graeme McGarry

NEIL LEN­NON has leapt to the de­fence of chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Lawwell after a share­holder ques­tioned the size of his pay packet at the club’s AGM yes­ter­day.

Lawwell col­lected over £3mil­lion in re­mu­ner­a­tion from Celtic in the last year once bonuses are in­cluded, but Len­non says that he is worth ev­ery sin­gle penny that the club pays for his ser­vices.

“I’ve been in foot­ball for a long, long time as a player, coach and man­ager and Peter is the best, and some­times you have to pay for the best,” Len­non said.

“He could have left the club or two of three oc­ca­sions.

“He makes un­pop­u­lar de­ci­sions with sup­port­ers at times and with man­agers at times, but he does it for the best for the club whether it be in the present time or the fu­ture.

“We are lucky to have him. I have a brilliant work­ing re­la­tion­ship with him and think he is worth ev­ery penny he is paid.”

Celtic chair­man Ian Bankier echoed the sen­ti­ments of the club’s man­ager, as the share­holder ques­tioned why Lawwell’s salary has in­creased so much since he started work­ing at the club 16 years ago.

“We have just re-elected Peter Lawwell by a very, very sub­stan­tial ma­jor­ity,” Bankier said.

“It’s easy to say that in 2003 a Mars Bar cost 20 pence and now it’s £1.30.

“It looks bad, but, hon­estly, we take our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties very pro­fes­sion­ally and very se­ri­ously.

“I would have absolutely no hes­i­ta­tion in say­ing Peter Lawwell is worth ev­ery penny that we pay him.”

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