On Tuesday, I wrote a piece in my ESPN blog rounding on the Daily Record duo for what was essentially – in my opinion – a stitch-up piece, a piece to sell a few more copies of the stricken Daily Record newspaper.
And it seems that it was certainly warranted given the statement from Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell this afternoon.
In a statement which was released in an open letter to the Daily Record, Peter Lawwell ‘set the record straight’ it read:
“I am writing with regards to stories which have appeared in the Daily Record over the last few days concerning tickets for the forthcoming match between Celtic and Rangers.
“Having not been given the opportunity to comment on these stories prior to them being printed, it is important that Celtic´s position is made clear:
• There was no agreement for Celtic to pay in advance for these match tickets. Therefore, the accusation that Celtic ‘reneged’ on an agreement is wrong.
• The actions of Celtic Football Club have not threatened jobs at Rangers. Any suggestion to the contrary is also wrong.
• There is no ‘bust up’. Indeed we are pleased that yesterday (Wednesday) we received our allocation of tickets for the match from the Administrators of Rangers Football Club.
• We will sell these in the normal manner and will abide by the rules of the Scottish Premier League.
Lawwell ended the letter by stating that they ‘set the record straight to protect the reputation’ of the Parkhead club.
In tonight’s BBC Sportsound programme, Jim Traynor refuted the comments from Lawwell stating that he had the evidence to back up his claims and ‘invited’ the Celtic chief executive into his office/cubicle to see said evidence.
Is the Daily Record sports editor and BBC Radio Scotland commentator calling Peter Lawwell a liar?