It's time for interim Celtic CEO Michael Nicholson to face the cameras

By David Walton

September 13, 2021

Interim Celtic CEO Michael Nicholson may have only been appointed on Saturday, but it’s already time for him to start communicating with the support this week.

Celtic fans were left shocked with Dom McKay’s sudden departure as CEO on Saturday. We looked set for a bright new long-term future under the vibrant new appointment. Instead, however, his tenure lasted 72 days with major questions being asked about what’s actually going on at Parkhead.

As expected, Celtic fans were hardly told a thing outside of the fact that Nicholson would be taking over for now.

Dom McKay has officially left Celtic (Credit – Celtic FC)

Interestingly, the Celtic statement confirmed that he was only in temporary charge. Yet, chairman Ian Bankier, who continues to linger around, said that Nicholson has “a solid grip on how to achieve our immediate and future objectives.”

We won’t read too much into it, but it is interesting to note the “future objectives” remark. If there’s even a chance Nicholson is taking this role on permanently, he can’t do so from the comforts of the Parkhead boardroom.

McKay, to his credit, was extremely communicative with supporters during his short stint at the club. He opened more doors for fan media whilst he was open about what he wanted to achieve in the short and long-term. Specifics were hard to come by, but he fronted up to his responsibilities.

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Celtic supporters need to know more about Michael Nicholson

Celtic supporters know little about Nicholson or his plans for the club. He joined the Hoops eight years ago as Company Secretary and Head of Legal. He was then promoted to the role of Director of Legal and Football Affairs in 2019. What that actually entailed in terms of details has never been made publicly available.

The last thing Celtic supporters need is a mysterious interim CEO we know little about. He has a background in law. Great. What we need to know is what vision he has for the club and whether he can pick up from where McKay left off. A simple introduction to the Celtic fans to let them know who’s running their club is all that’s required just now.

Many Celtic fans will be disappointed that McKay is gone so early. This certainly wasn’t the plan. The best way to get over it, however? Let us know a bit more about what the future looks like under Nicholson.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

It doesn’t even need to be in front of the mainstream or fan media, although that’s another thing that needs to happen soon. For now, we all just want a look at him and hear his views on the club and the direction it should be going in.

It would be interesting to know how much of McKay’s vision he shares. Is this a totally different direction for the club once again? Or are we putting an appointment in place that keeps us on a similar track?

It doesn’t matter if it’s temporary or not. There’s no telling how long it will take Celtic to fill the role permanently. Until that happens, fans have a right to know what Nicholson will be up to in the meantime.

The change represents yet more frustrating upheaval for Parkhead fans. The best way to tame that frustration is to get Nicholson out in front of the Celtic TV cameras this week for a detailed introduction.

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