By Ben Wild

31st Jan, 2021 | 7:00am

'Be in no doubt...' - Provan claims Rangers boss played significant role in Lawwell departure

Davie Provan believes Rangers boss Steven Gerrard played a significant role in the recently announced departure of Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell. 

Earlier this week, Lawwell announced that he would be standing down as Hoops CEO at the end of the season following 17 years in the role.

Provan, speaking in his Scottish Sun column, claimed that the Gers boss has as good as ‘won a trophy’ by forcing the Celtic chief to move aside.

He said, “Steven Gerrard won his first trophy on Friday without kicking a ball. By taking the head of Peter Lawwell, he’s taken down Scottish football’s biggest beast.

“Be in no doubt, Lawwell’s departure is a direct result of Gerrard’s success. This isn’t how the Celtic powerbroker would have scripted it.

“He’s leaving behind a club in turmoil. Gerrard should leave some room on his mantelpiece.”

Celtic lost at home again this weekend as they twice went behind to an impressive St Mirren side.

This result did nothing but fuel the anger among supporters and there is a genuine feeling that there may be another high profile Celtic departure in the coming days.

What a mess.

Celtic’s best players are wanting to jump ship in the final days of January, following Jeremie Frimpong’s move to Germany.

Rangers have moved ever closer to 55 despite not playing this weekend and their Old Firm rivals have seemingly given up the fight.

Lennon’s side have pretty much handed us the title at this point, it is embarrassing.

Time is surely up for Lennon now, just as it was for Lawwell last week and if the Hoops manager goes then Gerrard will have to take most of the credit for that too.

Our boss has almost singlehandedly brought Celtic to their knees this season by blowing them, and everyone else, away.

While getting rid of Lawwell is an achievement, the real trophy will come when the Scottish Premiership makes its way home in a few weeks.

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