Lawwell speaks out after


Lawwell speaks out after "devastating attack" on his home

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Outgoing Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has said that his family have been "deeply affected" by the attack on their home.

CCTV footage shows a masked individual, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, setting fire to three cars outside the Lawwell home, part of which sustained serious damage as the fire spread in what Scottish police described as "a completely reckless act".

Lawwell, who will be replaced at Celtic by ex-Scottish Rugby COO Dominic McKay when he retires in June, released a statement on the club's website on Thursday.

"This has been a devastating attack on myself and my family, the effects of which will stay with us all for a long time," said Lawwell after the attack in which nobody was injured.

"I am, of course, extremely relieved that everyone is safe. I would like to thank my wife and my family for their support and for the strength and courage they have shown during such a difficult time.

"Naturally my family has been deeply affected by these events. This is a hugely challenging time but we will make sure we stay strong and we will get through this together."

Lawwell went on to thank the fire service and police for their help with the matter, which is still being investigated.

"I wanted to take this opportunity to offer my thanks to the Fire Service for their skill, bravery, and professionalism in dealing with the fire, and Police Scotland, too, for their support and professionalism," he added.

"I also thank the Celtic Board and Celtic staff for all the support they have given me. It has been fantastic and sincerely appreciated.

"As a family, we have received literally thousands of messages of support from Celtic fans and from people across the wider global football family. This has provided us with great comfort and we all offer our heartfelt thanks for the concern and support which people have shown.

"Clearly, I echo the words of Police Scotland and would ask that if anyone does have any relevant information which could help this investigation, to please come forward.”

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