Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has attributed Dom McKay’s shock Celtic exit to the former SRU Chief being unfamiliar with the constant pressure of Celtic.
The Alloa manager reckons that the departure of McKay has been spooked by the spotlight constantly being on him. Speaking to Go Radio this evening, Ferguson weighed in on the shock departure that was announced shortly before 5pm today.
“It’s 24/7. It’s constant. You are in a bubble and you’ve not got the luxuries some people have got.
“That’s what it’s like in the west of Scotland. I was lucky enough to grow up with it.
“I saw what happened with my brother, I grew up in the west of Scotland. So maybe it’s a shock to Dom’s system.
“He has been in on a full-time basis now for 10 weeks, and maybe he’s thought to himself it’s not what I want.
“The limelight is on you. It’s constant, you are in the media constantly, you are spoken about constantly.
“I would like to think that over the next week we will get the reasons that he has left.”
Ferguson is probably right in his assessment that the 42-year-old has never experienced pressure such as this in his professional career; however, there are likely to be other reasons than the scrutiny that comes with one of football’s top jobs.
McKay came under criticism, probably unfairly, due to the time it had taken to appoint the successor to Neil Lennon as manager. However, in the wake of the Champions League exit, he received a number of tweets demanding that he sort things out. This was continued in the opening day defeat to Hearts. As a result, McKay may have decided to see out the transfer window before making his move and being replaced by the Nicholson.