Why Ramon Vega could be perfect to replace Dom McKay at Celtic

By Euan Davidson

September 18, 2021

Former Celtic defender Ramon Vega has put himself in the running to replace Dom McKay as the club’s CEO, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun state that Vega’s representatives have made approaches to the Celtic board.

Last week, Dom McKay sensationally left his new role at the club after 72 days. “Personal reasons” were cited [Celtic FC], but reports suggested that tension behind the scenes led to McKay’s shock departure [Herald].

50-year-old Vega, it seems, wants to be a more unifying force at Celtic Park. A former player, who spoke of being part of a “family” while in the Hoops [Celtic Wiki], the former Switzerland international has kept a keen eye on events at Celtic for years.

Yesterday, he entered the row over Chris Sutton and Neil Lennon being barred from Ibrox. Vega called it “crazy” and “not acceptable”.

A treble-winner during his short stint with Celtic, Vega also played for Grasshoppers, Cagliari, Tottenham Hotspur and Watford. He retired in 2003, since entering the worlds of business and football administration.

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Vega studied for a business degree early in his career [Daily Record], and has made moves in the world of finance. After retirement, he founded Matterhorn Capital Rosalp, a company focused on building luxury hotels. He also has a stake in a Jewellery company, and other business conerns.

In 2009, he made an attempt to buy Portsmouth FC [Guardian], and in 2019 he launched a campaign to run for FIFA President [AS].

Ramon Vega, with an impressive post-playing CV and love for Celtic, is a good candidate to replace Dom McKay

Ramon Vega certainly ticks a few boxes for Celtic. One, he’s an ex-player who absolutely loves the club. As we’ve seen before, that kind of thing matters.

Secondly, he has very lofty ambitions. His attempts to run Portsmouth and FIFA show his drive and willingness to take on footballing elites. That’ll definitely chime with someone like Ange Postecoglou.

Thirdly, he has financial and business nous. So, not only would he be more than knowledgable from a football perspective, he’d also surely have ideas to grow Celtic economically. However, with his love for the club, he would find ways not to compromise the values of what Celtic represents.

Theoretically, anyway.

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As an ex-pro who’s played for some big names, and has a vast personal fortune, he’s at the very least an interesting candidate.

There’ll certainly be less eye-catching names going for the job.

There is a catch, however. Last night, Celtic moved to fill acting CEO Michael Nicholson’s former role as Company Secretary. Does that mean it’s Nicholson’s job to lose?

Expect plenty of drama over the next weeks and months as Celtic restructure at board level.

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