Just days after Celtic fans paid tribute to the Hillsborough families by parading a banner on the pitch ahead of their 3-2 win over Aberdeen, Celtic chief Peter Lawwell gave an interview to the Scottish Sun to the anger of the supporters.
While the Scottish Sun did not run the same horrendous lies about Hillsborough published in The Sun in 1989, Celtic fans hold the Scottish newspaper in the same regard as its English counterpart and have hit out at Lawwell for sitting down with Rupert Murdoch’s paper days after the club paid tribute to the families of the victims.
The contents of the article are of little importance in the grand scheme of things, with the platform he chose to defend the past two years the bigger issue for the Celtic fans.
Here are a number of comments posted on twitter:
Is Lawwell trying to sabotage Celtic and alienate the fans even more with his "exclusive" think it is time to move on Peter #lawwellout
— Hail Hail (@HoopsmanB) May 11, 2016
#PeterLawwell 'it's impossible to be liked by all 40,000+ season ticket holders'…After taking to that rag, you'll be lucky 1% like you.
— J๏hɲɲ¥_$ȼ๏ţℓąɲď © (@Johnny_Scotland) May 11, 2016
Peter Lawwell is interviewed exclusively in The Sun tomorrow. 3 days after Hillsborough Justice Campaigners were at Celtic Park. Incredible.
— Daniel White (@danwhitepr) May 10, 2016
Peter Lawwell can talk all he wants but IMO especially after his piece of piss with the Sun his words are better of doon a toilet pan
— BOXER Toye (@boxertoye) May 11, 2016
Over the decades that I've followed Celtic I've seen some arseholes who have shamed the club. Today though is a new low. Peter Lawwell GTF
— The Green Doc (@TheGreenDoc66) May 11, 2016
— Brian Slevchenko (@bogle_mcneep) May 11, 2016
1 minute Celtic are laying floral tributes to #JFT96 then next their CEO Peter Lawwell is giving exclusive interviews to The Sun 😔
— Telstar Tam (@Bayview71) May 11, 2016
Since Hillsborough, The Sun has been deemed toxic and even a half-hearted apology four years ago did nothing to dissuade the hatred for the rag on Merseyside as they peddled the lie that Liverpool fans were to blame for the death of 96 fellow supporters. The truth was finally realised 27 years on that the fans were unlawfully killed due to a number of factors – none bigger than Police incompetence on the day.
A coverup ensued with help from the establishment as they circled the wagons around South Yorkshire Police and all helped by the likes of The Sun and its editor Kelvin MacKenzie.
If Lawwell thought his stock was low after the past few years on and off the field, his decision to talk to the Scottish Sun has been another massive own goal for the chief executive.