Dom McKay's next big Celtic decision will be important for supporter morale

By David Walton

June 24, 2021

So Dom McKay’s Celtic has its first piece of the jigsaw in place, and he’ll be meeting the media tomorrow.

Indeed, our eyes will be glued to new manager Ange Postecoglou’s press conference tomorrow. The Greek-Australia has arrived in Glasgow next week and took his first training session this afternoon. As expected, there’s plenty of excitement going around.

I spoke yesterday about how the unity of Celtic is going to shock our rivals this season. How there’s a feeling of togetherness and connection between the supporters and the new manager. McKay can also be included in that group too.

For what it’s worth, I’ve been impressed by McKay so far. He appears to be extremely hands-on and has already been more communicative with fan media than his predecessor ever was. He’s managed to bounce back from the Eddie Howe debacle whilst doing what he can to give fans added value for their season tickets this season.

It’s a thankless job he has given the state of the football club last season. Given he walked into a broken relationship between the boardroom and the fanbase. But credit to him so far, I’m getting some positive vibes given how he’s conducted himself so far. His promise to modernise the football club has given us something to look forward to as well [Celtic YouTube].

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Dom McKay’s Celtic still has a long way to go; progress remains delicate

But let’s get it straight, there are plenty of questions the pending CEO needs to answer. We’ll hopefully all find out a bit more about his plans for the club at tomorrow’s presser. However, the progress made so far is delicate.

A monumental summer rebuild awaits, and his next big move after the Postecoglou appointment is crucial. Will it be a Director of Football? Perhaps an update on Postecoglou’s backroom team? Or even the first transfer signing of the summer?

Whatever move he’s planning to make next, it has to be one done with a priority in keeping the morale of the supporters up. Fans are warming to McKay. He’s coming across well and looks to be determined to take Celtic back to the top of the tree in Scotland.

Ange Postecoglou; Dom McKay’s first major Celtic recruit / (Credit – Celtic FC)

However, when you add in what happened last season, that trust we have in him remains delicate for now. He was still recruited by figures that fans want to see leave the club. McKay needs to distance himself and be his own man at Parkhead. The early signs are promising.

But he has to tackle this rebuild wisely. A questionable free transfer will immediately have supporters asking questions about how we’re tackling things this summer. The same goes for who becomes Postecoglou’s number two and number three. And, if out of nowhere a DoF is next on the agenda? He needs to be a figure that fans can get behind.

All of these decisions are going to be important. We know McKay will make mistakes just like everyone does in their respective jobs. But we need to continue to build momentum for now. Whatever his next big Celtic move is this summer, it needs to be a fan-pleasing one as he continues to try and build relationships up with the supporters.

In other news, UEFA have confirmed the abolishment of a major rule that will affect Celtic this season.