Dom McKay’s last free hour


Our new CEO Dom McKay will be employed as an executive director from 19th April, working with Peter Lawwell until the latter retires from the top job on 30 June.  McKay will already be involved in considerations around the appointment of a new manager but being released from his role with Scottish Rugby on 16 April will give him time to acclimatise to the vast range of responsibilities the Celtic CEO has.

Celtic is an industry in itself.  It has a print, digital and broadcast media division, online and on-premises retail outlets.  Its principle property is a substantial and complex events venue, which costs in excess of seven figures per annum to maintain.  Income streams include ticket sales, commercial partnerships, equipment sponsorship deals and prize money from domestic and European competition.

It operates restaurants and is licenced to serve alcohol from several bars.  The club employ hundreds of staff, have financial reporting duties consistent with their listing and support the work of the Celtic FC Foundation.  He can succeed with all of this and still fail on the bounce of a ball.

McKay will soon learn demands are made on him from various pressure groups.  Fans, media (old and new) preeminent staff and, of course, a major shareholder, all of whom he will want to satisfy, all of whom he will need to stand firm against, from time to time.  I hope he spends the next two weeks doing as little as possible, because after 19th April, he will never have another free hour.


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  1. st tams on 6th April 2021 12:03 pm







    I get where you are coming from and a few months ago I would have been in that camp.





    However we have been at best standing still and at worst going backwards since November, thats a business that has done nothing in 6 months to arrest its failure, I don’t trust the board and they do not deserve any more patience from any Celtic supporters.







    Last week turkeytim/bhoy ( sorry can’t remember exact name) was questioning why I was not that bothered about the Scottish cup, it appears I’m a lot more bothered than our board.

  2. Offical statemement from Celtic










    Further to our announcement on January 29 confirming that Dom McKay will be joining Celtic FC as our new Chief Executive Officer on July 1, 2021 following the retirement of Peter Lawwell on June 30, Scottish Rugby have confirmed today that their Chief Operating Officer and the Chairman of the Guinness Pro14, McKay, will be leaving Scottish Rugby on April 16 following a successful handover.







    Peter Lawwell continues in his role as Chief Executive Officer and board member until June 30. Dom will join the Club from April 19, working with Peter and the Executive team to ensure a smooth transition, until Dom takes on the role of Chief Executive Officer and board member on July 1

  3. quadrophenian on

    From prev about Mr Howe:



    Screenwriter William Goldman once wrote ‘Nobody knows anything’ when talking about the art and science of making a successful Hollywood flick.


    Likely it’s the same with football. There are no certainties.


    Mibby EH promised his family some serious quality time aff before starting a new gig. Mibby he’s still waiting on another offer to land. Mibby it’s one of a million things that’d turn my speculation into a spectator sport.


    Once thing I have learned – expectations are resentments-in-waiting.


    Dominic might want to keep that adage to hand encountering a bitterly disenfranchised supporter base.



  4. carpetcrawler on

    I get the point but I think it unfair to suggest ‘the bounce of a ball’ is the criteria we supporters use for judging the success and failure of a CEO.

  5. The Battered Bunnet on

    Fans want Eddie Howe announced immediately, while Scott Brown has pledged to bow out with a Scottish Cup win. It’s a Hoops lesson in elocution.



    Howe now, Brown vow.

  6. Great news about Big Dom – starting early………show his determination to get on with the job.







    He has quite a task in store.







    Well done Celtic – business completed ahead of time.










    I Don disagree with you. I was calling for a new management team Sept/ Oct.



    This season is finished and waiting a bit longer to get it right is the correct path to take.


    Just my opinion

  8. !!Bada Bing!! on

    * Peter is currently hiding under his desk, watching Gerrard and Sevco, dictating Covid suspensions to the SFA………finished the Club statement there….

  9. Paul 67,



    Great news, but what about the most important person at our club ie The Manager.




  10. Those who are naturally pro board will take no managerial announcements as a strength and state that Celtic do not do their business through the media.



    Those who are naturally sceptical will take no news as a negative and question whether we really have a plan or are currently a flock of headless chickens.



    We are 20 points behind in the league, without a permanent manager and set to lose a whole host of players in the summer – including our inspirational captain.



    Our rivals are strengthening. Our stoic silence may not be the most effective response

  11. squire danaher on




    Your article is presumably meant to remind us of what a man Mr Lawwell is; to be able to do everything you have described, short of catching a bullet in his teeth.



    What I take from it is a unconscious recognition that he should have left the football to those that know a bit more about it than he does, and concentrated on growing the business.



    He should have done so from the perspective of burying that shower across the city when the opportunity presented itself instead of whinging every season without a G51 club cost £5m.



    The argument should have been made with the Absentee Landlord and won, in respect of binning this Operation Short Head and keeping them in business. A strategy which has come back big time to bite our behinds.



    The Blue Pound won the day though and here we are.

  12. Disciplinary Tribunal Update | Calvin Bassey, Brian Kinnear, Dapo Mebude, Nathan Patterson, Bongani Zungu (Rangers FC)



    Friday 2 April 2021


    Alleged Parties in Breach: Calvin Bassey, Brian Kinnear, Dapo Mebude, Nathan Patterson, Bongani Zungu (Rangers FC)



    Date: 13/14 February 2021



    Disciplinary Rules allegedly breached:



    Disciplinary Rule 24 – A recognised football body, club, official, Team Official or other member of Team Staff, player, match official or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall be subject to and shall comply with the Articles, the Laws of the Game and the rules, procedures and regulations, bye-laws and Decisions of the Scottish FA.



    Disciplinary Rule 77 – A recognised football body, club, official, Team Official, other member of Team Staff, player, match official or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall, at all times, act in the best interests of Association Football. Furthermore such person or body shall not act in any manner which is improper or use any one, or a combination of, violent Conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behaviour.



    Principal hearing date: Thursday, 25 March 2021



    Outcome: Suspension of 6 matches applied as follows: 4 matches immediate and 2 matches suspended until End of Season 2020/21.



    Determinations being appealed. Appeals Hearing date to be confirmed.

  13. ” ……………….some say Big Dom never wears a watch………he just decides what time it is.”

  14. Guys,



    Patience is a virtue. That proverb would be very true if we were suddenly looking for a manager.


    But we are not, we have known about this requirement for at least 6 months. The manager we are reportedly after has been out of work for 12 months.



    A much more apt phrase given the urgency would be : Patience is wearing thin.



    Enough dithering and dallying on the way.




  15. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Print, digital and broadcast media division



    Online and on-premises retail outlets



    A substantial and complex events venue, which costs in excess of seven figures per annum to maintain



    Income streams include ticket sales, commercial partnerships, equipment sponsorship deals and prize money



    Restaurants and several bars



    Hundreds of staff



    Financial reporting duties



    He can succeed with all of this and still fail on the bounce of a ball.






    WADR Pablo – Dominic has to manage most of these responsibilities in his current job …



    … albeit on a smaller scale and with less fervour attached.



    I fully expect him to pick this all up quickly.



    Hail hail



    Keep The Faith



    We’re Not Half of Anything

  16. THE BATTERED BUNNET on 6TH APRIL 2021 12:25 PM



    Now I know why you haven`t been on for a while. You have been sitting in the attic creating that little masterpiece.

  17. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Tic- in other words, we will get back to you re suspensions, to make sure we have a full squad available for the 2 Celtic games……

  18. RC



    You could not make that up.


    Luckily for all concerned, you don’t have to!

  19. HOT SMOKED on 6TH APRIL 2021 10:04 AM


    Big Jimmy





    Did you back the winner in the Irish Grand natonal yesterday ? :-)))




    Sorry mate , Ive just seen your Post from the previous Thread.


    NO…I did NOT back the winner of the Irish National….I tend not to back Horses at 150/1 LOL.


    However, I was rather unlucky yesterday with the Irish Racing from Fairyhouse as I backed 5 horses….and my Horse for the Irish National turned out to be a NON Runner, and I couldnt choose another one in its place, but I had one selection finish a close 2nd at 15/2 ( I think ?), while the other THREE Selections WON at early Prices of 11/2, 5/1, and 4/1…so I DID get a good return for my Betting Line.





  20. One thing we must remember as we move from one era to the next on and off the field – there is no golden rule that says that the new era will be better than the old.



    We will enter this era with new untried people in the two most important positions in the club. We have a playing squad in turmoil, a massive financial loss to swallow and, the prospect of Covid restrictions impacting for years to come.



    It will not be a ‘walk in the park’.



    The 5 horses were all on the ONE Line…its called a ” Lucky 31″….as its 31 Bets obviously.


    So Three winners out of 4 Runners…and the Non Runner.



  22. HOT SMOKED..


    I DID back a 150/1 winner back in 2002.


    I had a single Bet on a Champions League game one Tuesday or Wednesday…


    It was a Fitba Bet called a ” SCORECAST”.



    Arsenal to beat Juventus…3/1….and Freddie Lundberg to score the FIRST Goal……at 150/1.


    I had £1.00 on that Bet, and had several drinks that evening and the next couple of Days in a Pub that was my Local for a short time in was called The Queens Park Cafe on Glesgas South Side.




  23. If you’re doing this job, or any job, without a spare hour….either you’re doing it wrong or it’s doing you wrong.



    That may help explain, in part, our present predicament.



    HH jg

  24. The Battered Bunnet on




    I pop in most days but find I have little to say that I haven’t said before, or hasn’t been said by others already.












    BSR I thought of you whilst reading TBB excellent post …..two smart arses together :O) hh

  26. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    So, to prepare Scotland for three matches in the UK (two at Hampden, one at Wembley) Steve Clarke is dragging the squad to Portugal (Netherlands) and then Luxembourg?



    We’re playing Croatia and Czech Republic at home.



    What can we possibly gain from warming up away to Luxembourg?



    Suggests we are taking any old game we can get.

  27. I hope everyone who can, will renew their season ticket at the earliest opportunity. I certainly will for three reasons – 1) I always have done for over thirty years. 2) We need as much certainty as quickly as possible. 3) I would miss the wonderful friends around me if I wasn’t at Paradise twenty-odd times a season.



    If there are those who decide to ‘drop out’, then I hope the waiting list is a robust as rumoured.



    ST renewals will not be sent out until club announce who the Manager will be for 2021/22.


    FYI, the lates that ST renewals have gone out was the 14th April. In my opinion the club understands that they need to make their managerial appointment before renewals go out.


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!

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