MICHAEL NICHOLSON admits he “will do everything to drive the club forward” following his appointment as Celtic chief executive.

The former Director of Legal and Football Affairs had held the position in an interim capacity since early September.

Dominic McKay, who had been brought in to take over from the retiring Peter Lawwell, made a sudden and unexpected departure only a few weeks in the position.

Nicholson, speaking to the club website, said: “As a Celtic supporter all my life, I will do everything I can to drive the cub forward, working at all times in the best interests of Celtic.

“I have been fortunate to be part of this great institution for a number of years and it is a privilege to now hold this new responsibility. We have a team of brilliant people who are absolutely committed to Celtic and we will work together to deliver success for the club and our supporters.

“I look forward to working with Ange, the Board, our colleagues and supporters in order to advance as a club, proud of our traditions and dedicated to constant improvement.

“The current environment remains uncertain and everyone at the Club recognises and sincerely appreciates the ongoing commitment of our supporters. Our League Cup victory at the weekend gives us all something to celebrate and we look forward to continuing success for Celtic Football Club.”

Chairman Ian Bankier added: “We are delighted to confirm this appointment. Michael is well known and highly respected across football domestically and internationally. He has the ability and experience to take Celtic forward positively and achieve great results.”

Lawwell spent 18 successful years in the chief executive post and presided over the phenomenal quadruple treble among his extraordinary silverare haul of 29 trophies.

He is cerdited with bringing Ange Postecoglou to the club from Yokohama F Metros in June when he moved quickly to name a successor to Neil Lennon while original target Eddie Howe remained undecided about the shift to Scottish football.

McKay left the role after just two months in the job. A deal had been put in place in January with McKay even leaving his role with the SRU a couple of months early so as to ensure a smooth transition period before Lawwell’s exit.

Now Nicholson takes over the position as the Hoops head into a new era.


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