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With the news yesterday that planning permission has been granted for the new hotel, museum, cafe, superstore and ticketing office complex at Celtic Park, CEO Peter Lawwell took the opportunity to remind everyone that Celtic bring more to Glasgow than just football.

The timing of the city councils announcement was absolutely perfect, as the club and support revel in the wonderful Champions League result the Bhoys achieved in Belgium the night before.

Celtic under Brendan Rodgers, are a real force on the park, and Lawwell reminded us that things off the park are equally rosy, with an almost boasting statement, “I would say if you look at the balance sheet we’re probably in the strongest position we’ve ever been.”

Just as Brendan did the night before about the lack of credit given to Celtic, Peter also had his dig at the lack of recognition the club receives for it’s contribution to the community and the city.

“We probably don’t get the recognition or the praise, if you like, for the economic impact that we have on Glasgow and the west of Scotland. And, indeed, the cultural and social impact, as well.

“There are a lot of positives around Celtic and a lot of positives around football that we don’t naturally seem to be recognised for.”

There’s no doubting who that was aimed at, and i’m sure the vast majority of the Celtic support would agree wholeheartedly.

Well said Pedro…