Largs man and Celtic’s next CEO Dominic McKay, who replaces the outgoing Peter Lawwell on 1 July 2020, has been speaking to his local newspaper in Ayrshire, the Largs & Millport Weekly News about his “dream come true”. appointment.
The 42 year old will leave his current role at the SRU to pursue what he describes as “a once in a lifetime opportunity” to lead the club he has supported all his life.
“It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I look forward to beginning my new role as chief executive officer of Celtic. Celtic is one of the most recognisable football brands globally, with fans and a sporting ethos known and respected throughout the world,” Dominic McKay told the Largs & Millport Weekly News.
“I look forward to working with Peter and the board to ensure a seamless transition. In Peter, I can think of no better example to follow.
“Of course I understand that Celtic is more than just about financial results off the pitch and football results on the pitch. Developing and nurturing the Celtic ethos with our supporters and stakeholders is a key component of my role going forward. I’m looking forward to supporting and building upon the great work carried out by Celtic FC Foundation to ensure that this remains at the heart of the Celtic way.
“Having spoken with Dermot Desmond, I know I will have a shareholder who cares deeply about the club and who will take the time to provide advice and the benefit of his experience to help me in my new role. It is going to be an exciting journey,” McKay stated.
“I relish the opportunity to start working with my new team, the footballing and playing staff and, most importantly, the supporters.”
And those last five words “AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THE SUPPORTERS” will surely provide some comfort to the Celtic support who at the particular moment feel that there is a huge gulf between the fans and the custodians. That clearly is something that Dominic McKay is well aware of and understands that he will need to address as soon as he starts in 1 July 2020 – IF NOT BEFORE.
Board statement dated 7th December 2020.
‘The Board continues to work closely with Neil and his team to support them as they seek to do so and progress will be reviewed in the new year.’
Day 4 of asking. When is this review going to be done @CelticFC?
— CelticLisboa (@CelticLisboaa) February 9, 2021
The local paper also recalled Largs’ last significant involvement with Celtic was Lou Macari who both played for club in the early 1970s, before being appointed manager in the early 1990s.