New Celtic Chief Executive Michael Nicholson lauded by fans for exciting start to January

By David Walton

January 10, 2022

The Celtic supporters have been impressed by the work carried out by new Chief Executive Michael Nicholson in his first transfer window so far.

Ange Postecoglou has been firmly backed as his squad-building continues to grow rapidly. Celtic already had 3 deals completed from the J-League before the January window even opened. Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate, and Yosuke Ideguchi’s arrivals appear to only have set the tone too.

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Young Irish U-19 international Johnny Kenny arrived from Sligo Rovers last week, whilst Riley McGree looks like being our fifth acquisition. We’re not even halfway through the month yet!

Of course, there are still a couple more positions that need prioritising. But even so, Celtic have left no stone unturned in their backing of the manager, both now and in the summer.

January was always going to be a big month for Nicholson personally. He’s yet to give a detailed interview for the Celtic supporters since replacing Dom McKay last year and being made permanent Chief Exec last month.

New Celtic chief Michael Nicholson making fan-pleasing moves early on

Of course, the Celtic support don’t just expect the club to spend, spend, and spend recklessly. Just as impressive will be if he can move some of the deadwood out the door too.

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But Celtic have finally come into a January window prepared to do extensive work. That’s been clear from the moment we completed the triple-deal from Japan. Since then, the Chief Exec has been helping Ange continue to build the squad.

It’s early days though. Time will tell whether Celtic will leave the window with their priority positions bolstered. That has to be the goal for Nicholson and Ange between now and the end of January. If players need sold before more can be brought in, then it simply increases the workload on the Chief Exec.

But for now there’s certainly a greater urgency from the club to get deals done. Compare that to last year when Celtic only managed to bring in Jonjoe Kenny on loan from Everton in the whole of the new year window. It’s chalk and cheese stuff.

And in fairness, the Celtic support have called out his fine early start. Here, we take a look at that reaction on Twitter:

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