No early start for incoming Celtic CEO Dominic McKay, despite Lennon departure

By Euan Davidson

February 24, 2021

Incoming Celtic CEO Dominic McKay will not be starting his new job early.

According to Scottish Rugby Chief Executive Mark Dodson [SRU], McKay still needs to work his notice. McKay has helped to revive the ailing fortunes of Scottish Rugby, turning the national regulatory body into a profitable company. Foremost, his ability to strike up partnerships with big brands helped to steady the ship, including a renaming of Murrayfield in 2014 [Scotsman].

While he made decisions that might be considered heresy at Celtic, McKay is an enormously successful CEO. Unfortunately, we won’t see the benefit of his impact until his scheduled start date.

In a tweet, Radio Clyde sports reporter Andrew Maclean shared Dodson’s “hands off” warning. The Chief Exec suggested McKay would be busy from the first minute at Celtic Park.

No early start for McKay / (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Bit of a blow, as Celtic have to wait for Dominic McKay

McKay and Scottish Rugby are in the midst of a Six Nations tournament, which has seen its own share of controversy. In recent weeks, only 4 Scotland players took the knee to protest racism, a bad look for the national team.

Today, it was announced that Scotland v France would go ahead on Sunday [Daily Record], despite a staggering number of France players testing positive for Covid-19.

So, there’s plenty for the incoming Celtic CEO Dominic McKay to be getting on with. It appears, however, that McKay won’t be directly involved with finding the next Hoops manager, nor appointing a Director of Football/Sporting Director. That’ll be a blow, considering McKay’s considerable influence and pulling power.

However, it’s likely that Lawwell, Desmond and Bankier will seek McKay’s advice to some degree. As a self-declared Celtic fanatic and season ticket holder, he will be unable to resist having an input, even if it’s in an unofficial capacity.

Uncharted days indeed for Celtic supporters.

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