Family 'shaken and shocked' after petrol bomb explosion at Celtic chief executive's house
Police Scotland are undertaking a criminal investigation of the incident.
The home of Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell was badly damaged and three cars were burnt out after a reported petrol bomb attack on his property.
The club, local fire service and Police Scotland have all confirmed the incident that, Celtic say, has left Lawwell's family 'shaken and shocked'.
According to The Daily Record a petrol bomb was thrown at the cars parked outside the executive's house, just after 1am this morning, and all the cars were set ablaze.
There was considerable damage done to the property, too, before the fire could be put out. A statement from Celtic, on the matter, reads:
'We can confirm that significant damage has been caused to Peter Lawwell’s house and vehicles there, following an explosion and fire early this morning, forcing the family to leave the property.
'Clearly, Peter’s family are extremely shaken and shocked by these terrible events, but thankfully all are safe
'We understand that Police Scotland are currently undertaking a criminal investigation. Peter and his family will of course receive the full support and care of everyone at the club.'
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A spokesperson for Celtic said:
"We can confirm that significant damage has been caused to Peter Lawwell’s house and vehicles there, following an explosion and fire early this morning, forcing the family to leave the property." pic.twitter.com/bZH9eO68A1
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) May 19, 2021
Photos from the scene of the £2.5m Thorntonhall house show the estate of the damage to the property and cars.
A police spokesperson told The Scotsman: "Around 1am on Wednesday, May 19, officers were called to a report of vehicles on fire outside a house on Peel Road, Thorntonhall.
"No one was injured and officers are currently working with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to establish the cause of the fire."
Lawwell first worked with Celtic as a financial controller in the early 1990s and returned to the club to take over from Ian McLeod as chief executive in 2003.
During his time in the role, Celtic have won 12 league titles, nine Scottish Cups and seven League Cups. He is due to step down as chief executive in June, after 18 years at the helm.