Dominic McKay's first message to supporters after Celtic announcement

By John McGinley

January 29, 2021

The incoming Celtic CEO Dominic McKay has spoken about succeeding Peter Lawwell after the latter’s retirement later this year.

A new era is dawning at the Bhoys, with Lawwell set to step down from his position on June 30th.

McKay will take charge on July 1st and take Celtic forward into the future.

The former Scottish Rugby Union chief operating officer has promised a seamless transition at what he sees as ‘the premier club in Scotland’.

He is also planning to work with the club’s supporters in an effort to bring success to Celtic Park.

In a statement on CelticFC.com, McKay said: “It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I look forward to beginning my new role as chief executive officer of Celtic. Celtic is the premier football club in Scotland and one of the most recognisable football brands globally, with our fans and sporting ethos known and respected throughout the world.

“I look forward to working with Peter and the board to ensure a seamless transition. In Peter Lawwell, I can think of no better example to follow. His experience and leadership have been the cornerstones of Celtic’s success, success that I will now look to build on going forward. I thank him and the wider board for their support and encouragement.

“Of course I understand that Celtic is more than just about financial results off the pitch and football results on the pitch. Celtic is built on a charitable ethos that underpins everything that happens at the football club. Developing and nurturing the rich Celtic ethos with all 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. I thank him for his confidence and support as we embark on our journey.

“I relish the opportunity to start working with my new team, the footballing and playing staff and, most importantly, the supporters, and to see what we can achieve together for this great Club, delivering the success that Celtic is built upon.”

Dominic McKay offers Celtic fans hope

Many Celtic supporters had come to the end of their tether with the Lawwell reign. It’s undeniable he has overseen a period of tremendous success over the last two decades.

However, there’s been a serious regression in many aspects of the club, on and off the pitch, over the last couple of years.

This is definitely the right time for him to step down from his duties. Some would argue it’s well past time.

Dominic McKay will replace Peter Lawwell at Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic have, at last, communicated to supporters they are hitting the reset button.

Let’s be clear. The road ahead is difficult. Success is not guaranteed, nor should be expected by default. Celtic will have to work harder than ever to make progress as the elite Scottish club in domestic and European football.

However, McKay’s appointment at least offers us hope for the future. All Celtic fans have wanted this season is an acknowledgement changes are needed.

Now we see what’s next.

In other news, The Celtic Trust have spoken out on the departure of Peter Lawwell.