Celtic's Peter Lawwell happy to join new SFA board

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell
Lawwell will sit on the SFA's new professional game board

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has accepted a place on the Scottish Football Association's new professional game board.

Celtic and the SFA clashed on numerous occasions last season.

But Lawwell was named in the 10-man group, which will be chaired by Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie, a vice-president of the SFA.

The new structure was designed to ensure relevant members rule over the professional game in Scotland.

A separate board will administrate the non-professional game.

Alan McRae, Cove Rangers president and SFA first vice-president, appears on both boards while Highland League honorary president Sandy Stables also features on the professional board, along with the chief executives of all three governing bodies - Stewart Regan, Neil Doncaster and David Longmuir.

The professional board also features SFA president Campbell Ogilvie, Scottish Premier League chairman Ralph Topping and Scottish Football League president Jim Ballantyne, who is chairman of Airdrie.

McRae will chair the non-professional board, which also features Ogilvie, Petrie, Regan and representatives from schools, amateur, senior, youth, women's and junior football.

Last season, referee Dougie McDonald stood down after pressure from Celtic for misleading manager Neil Lennon over his reasons for withdrawing a penalty award.

Celtic and the SFA then became embroiled in legal disputes over disciplinary procedures after Lennon was handed two touchline bans.

But Celtic backed Regan's reforms, which were unanimously approved at the June AGM, and Lawwell aims to help the governing body move forward.

A Celtic statement read: "It is well known that following events last year, Celtic called for a fundamental review of the processes and procedures within the SFA.

"We fully supported Stewart Regan's plan for reform and we feel that the creation of this new board is a very positive outcome of the SFA's own review.

"Peter Lawwell, on behalf of Celtic Football Club, will be pleased to accept this invitation to join the professional game board.

"He will aim to make an important contribution to the continued change and improvement of the game in Scotland."

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