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Celtic reject criticism over delay in appointing Mowbray

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell is comfortable with the three weeks delay before appointing Tony Mowbray after the departure of Gordon Strachan. "It was Tony's intelligence, his philosophy in football, and the way he sets out his teams," Lawwell said.

"But as importantly, was his emotional connection with the football club and his values.

"The values that he holds represents a lot that is good about Celtic Football Club.

"So the whole package was there and we are delighted that he accepted the offer.

"In terms of the timing of the process, it was just over three weeks and the appointment of the manager at Celtic is the most important appointment.

"So to take three weeks isn't excessive at all.

"If you look at a number of candidates, and you go in to discussions and negotiations, then that was quite ample.

"We would always like to do it quicker but I don't think it was excessive in way and again, we are delighted to get Tony."

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