21 December 2019 16:44
EX-ABERDEEN chairman Stewart Milne claims Celtic chief Peter Lawwell wields too much power in Scottish football. The former Dons tycoon - who recently stepped down after 21 years at the helm - hailed the job Lawwell has done at Parkhead. 3 Stewart Milne spent over two decades as Aberdeen chief Credit: Keith Campbell - The Sun Glasgow But he questioned the Hoops supremo's influence on the game north of the border. His remarks come nearly three years after former St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour said Lawwell was running Scottish football. Milne, 69, told the BBC's Kenny Macintyre: "I think it would be fair to say that Peter is a strong character.
"He's in a powerful position. He's a wise, intelligent guy. He knows how to look after the interests of his club. 3 It's claimed Celtic supremo has too much influence Credit: Kenny Ramsay - The Sun Glasgow "I wouldn't go as far as saying that he runs Scottish football but Peter does bear a considerable influence." Beeb broadcaster Macintyre asked Milne if the Celts chief executive had too much power for one man. The construction magnate - speaking ahead of the sides' clash today in Glasgow - said: "At times possibly, yeah. "And I'll be seeing Peter and I'll remind him that you told me to tell him that." Milne officially handed over control to successful US-based businessman Dave Cormack at this week's Pittodrie AGM. 3 Stewart Gilmour claimed Peter Lawwell was in charge of Scottish football Credit: PA:Press Association Cormack detailed how Milne regularly plugged holes in the Dons' finances during their debt-laden days. In January 2017, ex-Buddies chief Gilmour made claims about Lawwell's influence on the Scottish game. He said: "Are you trying to tell me that Peter's not pulling the strings? Peter Lawwell? "And by the way I don't mean any offence to Peter. "Peter's job is the chief executive of Celtic Football Club and in terms of that job and his key primary role, Peter does a fantastic job. "Does Peter do a great job for Scottish football? "Hmmm...How many times are we talking about new TV deals and various other things and trying to promote the game - and what comes out the box again? Us (Celtic) going to England. "Some of the chairmen that attend the meetings will not take Peter on. I think he's got too much power on other clubs." Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers at the Scottish Sun football page