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Peter Lawwell Forced to Deny Celtic Subsidise Rangers with Team Bus Choice

Peter Lawwell Forced to Deny Celtic Subsidise Rangers with Team Bus Choice

Celtic chief exec Peter Lawwell was forced to deny that the club is supporting Rangers financially on an indirect level by using Parks of Hamilton for the club’s team busses.

According to the Scotsman, the coach-hire firm is owned by brothers Graeme and Douglas Park, with Douglas a Rangers director who has reportedly loaned the club money recently.

As he is every year, Lawwell was present at Celtic Park this afternoon for the Hoops’ annual AGM, alongside the club’s manager Brendan Rodgers and chairman Ian Bankier.

And whilst Lawwell has been forced to answer some pretty awkward questions at these events over the years, he probably wasn’t expecting to be quizzed on the first-team squad’s pre and post match travel arrangements.

Lawwell was asked from the floor by one shareholder:

“Why are you continuing to subsidise that club across the water?”

Lawwell coolly responded: “We have talked about that but I think as a club like Celtic we have to be above all that.

“It’s very difficult to find an alternative. We could buy our own bus, but we would need two in case one breaks down.

“I don’t think we are subsidising Rangers, I think that’s a stretch. I think we’re bigger and better and above all that.”

Celtic are back in Scottish Premiership action this weekend against Ross County – and you can probably bet that they’ll be using a Parks of Hamilton bus to get to the stadium.

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