Celtic Football Club Statement

Credit to the Bhoys on Kerrydale Street for breaking this story over the weekend, after receiving info from the rugby rather than the Celtic side of this development. It was subsequently picked by by Daily Record as an ‘Exclusive’ and this morning Celtic have confirmed the news that Dominic McKay will be leaving Scottish Rugby earlier than initially anticipated to start his new job at Celtic on 16 April.

And the club also confirmed that Peter Lawwell will remain in place at the club so will not be bringing forward his retirement date from 30 June 2021 to make way for his replacement. Instead the two senior executives will work together to ensure a smooth transition.

McKay will therefore have to wait into 1 July to become the new CEO at Celtic but the important thing is that he will be in the door and influencing proceedings from 16 April, almost three months earlier than initially planned.

Here is how the club confirmed the news on the official Celtic FC website this morning:

Celtic Football Club Statement

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

“Peter Lawwell continues in his role as Chief Executive Officer and board member until 30 June. Dom will join the Club from 19 April, 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 1 July.” Statement ends.

Scottish Rugby also confirmed the news of Dominic McKay’s early departure from his SRU on social media this morning.

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  1. Any well-run company would have parted ways with their CEO as soon as the new one was available and that is now
    get Liewell out the door

    • Man has the same spl scotish media on his back now his own people don’t read in to media stories personally I thought he had to much say in transfers just hope Mr Desmond has learnt apart from that always fought celtic corner thought he would have more to say about Lord nimmo cover up then again thought other chairman’s in spl would have said more considering the money rangers got for buying players the could only get by cheating all other sports its financial game by unlawful means Scotland shame and spl