MMA icon Conor McGregor addresses previous Celtic share talks

By David Walton

May 10, 2021

MMA icon Conor McGregor has revealed that he previously held talks about buying Celtic shares from Dermot Desmond.

The Notorious McGregor has been a lifelong Celtic supporter, and was snapped several years ago wearing a Hoops jersey signed by Kieran Tierney during training [Daily Record].

Desmond, meanwhile, has been Celtic’s long-term majority shareholder. He’s been involved with the club stretching back to the Fergus McCann takeover in 1994. However, supporters have had a strained relationship over the years due to question marks over his true commitment to the club.

And it appears he could’ve sold some of his shares to McGregor. The Irishman is extremely interested in acquiring a professional sports team, and when asked about Man Utd on Twitter, he brought up the talks he held regarding Celtic:

Conor McGregor taking over Celtic would’ve been a wild ride

It would’ve been interesting to see just how far these talks went. Was a deal ever truly close? Is McGregor still interested in Celtic in some capacity? More importantly, is Desmond actually up for selling his shares?

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These talks McGregor held open up some more questions. It’s also unclear exactly when these talks were held, as the fighter fails to go into any more detail than what he provided in this tweet.

But if anything it would’ve been an absolutely wild ride to have McGregor on board. It’s clear he’s interested in making his move into football, and given his profile and financial wealth, you can see the attraction of having him around.

Conor McGregor was interested in purchasing shares in Celtic. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Celtic could do with something fresh at boardroom level. The perception is that Celtic Park is full of greedy businessmen who don’t have the club’s best interests at heart. At least on the pitch.

Whether that’s harsh or not is up for debate. But the board has become stale, and with a bit of luck the appointment of Dominic McKay from the SRU will help to change that perception.

However, goodness knows what direction we would’ve gone as a club if McGregor had taken control.

In other news, the Celtic hierarchy have been made aware of a classless Ibrox incident.