Scottish Premiership to start only four weeks after Dominic McKay's Celtic start date

By David Walton

March 25, 2021

The 2021/22 Scottish Premiership campaign will start only four weeks after Dominic McKay gets his feet under his Celtic desk.

The SPFL today made the announcement for when next season’s campaign will kick-off. Celtic and co will face their first league fixtures of the new season on the weekend of July 31st.

In what’s a slight concern, McKay’s only due to take over from Chief Executive Peter Lawwell on July 1st. This gives the new man a total of 30 days to get himself and the club prepared for Premiership action.

Last season, Celtic kicked off their campaign on August 2nd in a 5-1 home win against Hamilton Academical. However, Lawwell had plenty of time to prepare for the new season back then after Covid wiped out the 2019/20 season.

Dermot Desmond also stated in his in-house interview earlier this week that McKay would play a role in finding a new manager. But he won’t have long to work with him officially to get the plans in place for next season.

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That’s a touch concerning. However, it remains to be seen how involved the Scottish Rugby chief actually is between the new manager arriving and his official start date. If he’s involved in the managerial process, it’s not out of the question that he has his fingers dipped in other pies.

McKay’s remit will be to ensure the club’s finances are in good hands and that the manager has the resources he needs to secure on-field success. But it looks like he’ll be in for a hectic first month when he does arrive in the job.

If McKay is taking over directly from Peter Lawwell’s responsibilities, he’ll be a central figure involved in the new manager’s recruitment plans. Therefore, it remains a slight concern that he’s starting so close to the beginning of the season.

Incoming Celtic CEO Dominic McKay (L), striking a rugby deal in Singapore / (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

If there’s one thing Celtic can’t do this summer, it’s rush their rebuild. We need this to go as smoothly as possible. Such a short time-frame to get things sorted makes that tricky.

It looks naive to expect Celtic to be the finished article come the opening day of the season. But the summer transfer window will be open for several weeks heading into the new campaign. We’ll likely be working all the way up to deadline day again.

Hopefully, the short time-frame doesn’t do anything to tarnish the start we make to next year’s campaign.

In other news, we discuss why the Scottish Cup remains so important to Celtic.