Ange Postecoglou addresses Dom McKay Celtic exit live on radio

By John McGinley

September 11, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has addressed the exit of Dom McKay from his position as CEO.

As you’ll be aware by now, McKay left his post yesterday, as confirmed by the club.

In the wake of the shock departure, various reports from Celtic-connected journalists have emerged, suggesting that McKay headed out the door before he was pushed following disagreements behind the scenes.

Postecoglou was obviously asked about the situation in his pre-match interview on BBC Radio Scotland [14:26].

(Credit – Celtic FC)

Reporter Kenny Macintyre queried whether he was left surprised by the departure. The Bhoys boss responded: “Yeah, I guess it was a bit of a surprise. I’m not across all aspects of the club, my focus over the last 48 hours has been on preparing the team for today. So that’s where I’ve had my mind.”

Postecoglou was then asked about his relationship with McKay, to which he said: “My relationship with Dom was good. It’s been good with everyone in the club.

“I came in late in the piece and I’ve had a hell of a lot of support within the club and outside the club to make sure I could hit the ground running, that includes Dom. The club has done all it can to support what we have in place.”

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Finally, on the McKay situation, the manager was asked whether he has concerns given we only have an interim CEO, Michael Nicholson, in place.

Postecoglou said: “I know Michael well. He’s one of the ones who has been very supportive of me. I’m sure he’s keen to put his own impact on it.

“If you think between those four walls in the dressing room there’s been anything other than discussion about Ross County over the last two days you’re missing the point of what we’re all about.”

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So that’s probably going to be about what you ever get from the manager on McKay. He’s responded to the tough questions, given diplomatic answers and we move on.

In truth, they are not questions that should be put to him. Ideally, we’d be hearing from the Celtic board, the chairman or the new acting CEO.

The chances of that seem slim, but we live in hope.

In other news, Ange says Celtic now have a “next level” opportunity.