Dom McKay steps down as Celtic chief executive with immediate effect

By Euan Davidson

September 10, 2021

Celtic Chief Executive Dom McKay has stepped down from his role at the club with immediate effect.

In a letter to the London Stock Exchange, the club wrote that McKay was stepping down for “personal reasons”. They also named his acting successor, Michael Nicholson, a senior executive at the club.

In the letter, chairman Ian Bankier wrote [LSE]:

“We thank Dom for his efforts on behalf of the Club and everyone wishes Dom and his family very well for the future.

“I would also like to welcome Michael to the Board and look forward to continuing to work with him to deliver future success for the Club.”

McKay added:

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“I’d like to thank the Board and everyone at Celtic for their support and wish everyone at Celtic every success for the future.”

Dom McKay steps down as Celtic CEO, with Michael Nicholson his acting replacement

A statement from the club welcomed Michael Nicholson to the Acting Chief Executive role.

It said [Celtic FC]:

“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.

“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.”

It’s certainly shock news for a Friday afternoon. McKay had been an enthusiastic and forthcoming CEO during his short spell at the club. He was also instrumental in bringing in Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou.

McKay’s talk of more fluid communication between the club and supporters, as well as expanding the club’s reach overseas, had impressed fans.

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