Major Shock as Dom McKay Resigns as Celtic CEO for Personal Reasons

Celtic has announced that Dom McKay has resigned from his role as the club’s CEO for “personal reasons”. This is a major shock for the club after the former Scottish Rugby senior executive got off to a very encouraging start and was popular with fans and the staff at the club.

We are obviously unaware of the personal circumstances but nevertheless wish Dom and his family all the best for the future and thank him for his significant contribution over the last few months.

Celtic Football Club announced today that Chief Executive Dom McKay has stood down from his position for personal reasons.

Dom 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.”

Celtic s chief executive Dominic McKay Photo: Andrew Milligan

Celtic 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, who has been with the Club since 2013, has been appointed to the Board of Celtic plc as acting Chief Executive Officer.

Following a successful career in sports law, Michael Nicholson (45) joined Celtic in 2013 as Company Secretary and Head of Legal. Michael was promoted to Director of Legal and Football Affairs in 2019.

He has been at the centre of executive decision making at Celtic during his time at the club, working directly with the Board, the Chief Executive and the Football Department.

Dominic McKay in the directors box. Photo Andrew Milligan

Michael carries the confidence of the Board and his colleagues. He is widely known and highly regarded in football circles in the UK and in Europe.

Chairman, Ian Bankier added: “It has been my pleasure to work closely with Michael for more than 8 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.”

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  1. Well that’s a shock and a damned shame! All the best to Dom, he’s done a great job in a short time and goes with all our thanks I’m sure.

    Incoming CFC statement confirming Peter Lawwell will be stepping in to cover “temporarily” in…3…2…1…

  2. I imagine Dominic McKay overstepped his authority and the board constrained him to such an extent that his position became untenable so he left for “personal reasons”.

    He probably desired to spend the 8 million surplus remaining from player transfers and the board told him to fvck off….thats their bonuses.

    I will be very surprised if Ange doesnt do a Wim Jansen and walk away after winning the league citing “personal reasons”.

    Thereafter any player who has shone in this campaign will be punted.

    Maybe this was always the plan…… face, new optimism, get the supporters back on board, get the money coming in again, paper over the 20 year old cracks, then back to business as usual.

    1. Keep up the payments
    2. Keep up the directors bonuses
    3. Keep the revenue streams coming in
    4. Try and win something at that thing called football
    5. Sell off successful players

    Rinse and repeat in the next close season.

    Call me a cynic but I dont believe for a moment that Dominic McKay couldn’t hack it at CFC