DOM McKAY, who officially takes up his new role as Celtic chief executive today, has sent a message of thanks to everyone for the level of support he has enjoyed.
The former Scotland Rugby Union chief operating officer takes over at the start of a challenging season for the Hoops who are also delighted to report that, once again, the club have the highest number of season ticket holders in the country.
Peter Lawwell has stepped down from the post after 18 years in charge in which the Parkhead club won 29 honours.
Dom said: “Today I formally take up my role as Chief Executive of Celtic Football Club and I want to thank all our supporters for the very warm welcome I have received so far.
“I want once again to thank Peter Lawwell for all he has done for the Club over such a long period of service and for the great support he has given myself in recent weeks.
IT TAKES TWO…Ange Postecoglou and Dom McKay meet the media last week. Image courtesy Celtic TV.
“I also want to take this opportunity to personally thank so many supporters for joining us again for the coming year by renewing Season Tickets for 2021/22. The response has been incredible and provides an excellent foundation upon which Ange and I can build.
“Last Friday saw the most season tickets ever sold by the Club in one day, in our entire history. We have recorded a fantastic level of interest in our season ticket renewals, and yet again we have the highest number of season ticket holders in the country backing the team for the season ahead, a phenomenal figure which is quickly approaching sell-out.
“We are all very much looking forward to welcoming our supporters back to Celtic Park very soon, and I’m encouraged by the recent Government guidance that indicates a possible return of fans to football in the coming few weeks. We will, of course, keep all our supporters updated as we get information from the Government and relevant authorities.”
McKay, speaking on the club website, added: “The positive impact of having our supporters back at Celtic Park cannot be underestimated as we look to a new era, with our focus firmly set on a return to winning ways.
“We are about to embark on a new campaign both domestically and in Europe, and I’m really excited about the opportunities that lie ahead as we look to deliver the success that your incredible support so greatly deserves.
MAN ON A MISSION…Ange Postecoglou at Lennoxtown. Image courtesy Celtic FC.
“I truly believe that in the appointment of Ange Postecoglou as manager, we can all look forward to entertaining and, more importantly, winning football in the seasons ahead and I look forward to sharing these moments with you all at Celtic Park.
“Once again I thank each and every supporter for such a warm welcome, for your unwavering support and for your continued commitment to Celtic Football Club.”
Celtic are only 19 days away from their first competitive encounter of the campaign when they face FC Midtjylland in the first leg of the Champions League second round at Parkhead.
The return is due in Denmark eight days later and Postecoglou is attempting to bring in new players as part of his revamp.
He has already activated a 12-month clause in defender Anthony Ralston’s contract while confirming Scotland international cntre-back Jack Hendry has joined Belgian outfit KV Oostende after last season’s impressive loan stint.