Packie Bonner tells Celtic fans not to worry about Dom McKay exit

By John McGinley

September 12, 2021

Packie Bonner has told Celtic supporters there’s no reason for heavy worry about the board room drama that resulted in Dom McKay’s exit from the CEO position.

McKay left his role on Friday, officially for ‘personal reasons’. However, multiple reports have emerged which indicate he simply wasn’t getting on with some big hitters behind the scenes, including prominent shareholder Dermot Desmond.

Bonner was as shocked as anyone by the news. However, he also doesn’t think it necessarily means Celtic are heading into a period of worrying instability, especially on the pitch.

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Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland yesterday [11/09, 14:39], he said: “It was a shock for all of us. We don’t know the circumstances, but I’d love to see the club come out and make it a little bit more definite what the issue was. A lot of people are talking.

“It’s better to make that decision now early in the season. I don’t think it’s going to affect the team. The manager will protect the team. The manager is very stable when he speaks, he will protect them.

“With Michael Nicholson stepping up, he knows what it’s about. I think there’s still stability there and I wouldn’t worry too much about the playing aspect and I would say the fans shouldn’t worry too much either. They’ve been very active in the transfer market and they’ve got their players in now. They need to settle down and build.”

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I think Packie is right about one crucial thing here – Ange’s leadership. Having someone of his ilk guiding the football department right now is crucial.

If we had a weak manager in there right now there would be real concern about off the pitch matters impacting the team itself.

However, the Australian will indeed protect this dressing room and has already made it clear that any talk in the dressing room is strictly focused on football matters.

There are obviously long-term concerns about the direction of the club and how McKay’s exit will impact that. Hopefully we get some sort of answers from the likes of Nicholson soon on all that.

For now though, as always, it’s about ensuring results on the field continue to be positive.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou clears up Tony Ralston Celtic absence; injury update on Taylor.

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