Celtic chief hits out at Kilmarnock

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has blamed Kilmarnock for their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at Rugby Park being postponed.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has blamed Kilmarnock for their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at Rugby Park being postponed.

An SPL statement said tomorrow’s match was called off due to “approach roads to the stadium being declared unsafe by the police”.

Similar circumstances also put paid to tonight’s Aberdeen v Falkirk game and tomorrow’s St Johnstone v Hibernian and Hamilton v St Mirren matches.

However, Celtic believe the Ayrshire club neglected its responsibility to “ensure the stadium locality is safe”.

Lawwell told Celtic’s official website: “Clearly, we are extremely disappointed that the match has been postponed.

“We have been told that the pitch is perfectly playable, but we have also been informed that the match cannot proceed due to the stadium footprint (area surrounding the stadium) not being cleared.

“Naturally this is very frustrating for the club and its supporters.

“As is always the case, it is the responsibility of home clubs to ensure that their own footprint or locality is safe and obviously in this case, this has not been achieved.”

If Rangers beat Dundee United at Ibrox they will go seven points clear of Celtic at the top of the SPL ahead of the Old Firm derby at Parkhead on January 3.

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