DOMINIC McKAY has sensationally stepped down from his Celtic chief executive position.
Peter Lawwell’s successor, who only took over the role on April 19, has made the decison because of personal reasons.
McKay said: “I’d like to thank the Board and everyone at Celtic for their support and wish everyone at Celtic every success for the future.”
Chairman Ian Bankier said: “We thank Dom for his efforts on behalf of the Club and everyone wishes Dom and his family very well for the future”.
Celtic’s Director of Legal and Football Affairs Michael Nicholson has been appointed to the Board of Celtic plc as acting Chief Executive Officer.
PARADISE LOST…Dominic McKay poses at Parkhead after joining in April – but today he left the CEO position.
Following a successful career in sports law, the 45-year-old joined the club in 2013 as Company Secretary and Head of Legal. Nicholson was promoted to Director of Legal and Football Affairs in 2019.
He has been at the centre of executive decision making during his time at the club, working directly with the Board, the Chief Executive and the Football Department.
In a club statement, Bankier added: “It has been my pleasure to work closely with Michael for more than eight years now. Having been at the heart of the senior executive and reporting to the Board, he has a solid grip on how to achieve our immediate and future objectives.
“Michael is an absolute team player and he will lead an experienced and talented team of executives and colleagues at Celtic.
“Everyone at Celtic will, of course, work collectively and focus strongly on ensuring we continue to drive the club forward in every area, on and off the field.
“The Board, Ange, our management team and all our staff will continue to work together with the ultimate objective, as always, of delivering success for our supporters.”
AND THEN THERE WAS ONE…Ange Postecoglou with Dom McKay as they meet the press for the first time at the start of the season.
McKay left his executive post at Scottish Rugby Union to join Celtic after being hand-picked to take over from Lawwell who revealed in January he would be stepping down from the position after 18 years.
Today’s news is bound to surprise the fans with the CEO apparently working alongside Ange Postecoglou during the transfer window in which the new manager brought in 12 players, including three on deadline day.
Recently, McKay paid tribute to the followers’ continued backing after the successful sale of season tickets, as CQN reported.
That is why this afternoon’s announcement will amaze a few coming within a month of those comments.