Dominic McKay’s resignation as Celtic CEO, which the club has announced tonight, is a genuine shock to every supporter.
Just when things appeared to be going well something momentous has rocked our club yet again.
What in God’s name is going on at Parkhead?
McKay has been in the job for less than six months.
Most of us were of a mind that he was doing well, that he was charting a positive course. He had opened dialogue with the fans. He had given the manager support and encouragement.
They seemed to have a good partnership, one that took us in a fresh and exciting direction.
McKay is a guy with ideas and ambition.
He rejuvenated Scottish Rugby.
He clearly had a plan, or was in the process of formulating one.
That he has resigned so suddenly is genuinely shocking, especially as it was not long ago that he thanked the fans for renewing their season tickets and took a bow after the closure of the transfer window.
McKay’s appointment was encouraging because he was undergoing a major revamp of the club and the club structure. The appointment of Michael Nicholson in the “acting” role will simply not do, except as a temporary measure.
As Celtic’s statement makes clear, he has been at the club for eight years already.
I would be amazed if he had anything fresh to offer in this role. His perspective is one of continuity, not radical change. The last thing this club needs is for The Brains Trust who got us into the shambles of the last 12 months to believe that they can deliver the changes we require.
McKay’s resignation is highly suspect. You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to wonder if he has quit because his proposals for the club have run into opposition within the walls. Nicholson is seen by most people as a creature of Peter Lawwell.
His appointment would be seen as evidence that the club has returned to what was business as usual.
And that simply will not do. McKay was viewed as a positive force because he wanted to modernise the whole structure.
Appointing a board yes-man changes the whole dynamic inside the walls.
It makes it incredibly difficult to believe in the forward progress which we all thought we could see. This is not a positive development; it’s an embarrassment.
We have failed to retain the services of an outstanding CEO and have gone decisively backwards with an internal appointment which reeks of the same complacency and arrogance which characterised the conduct of this club over the course of the last year.
The board’s statement emphasises Nicholson’s status as “a team player” – which strongly implies that McKay was not seen as one.
It stinks of the CEO being cut off at the knees. No wonder he wasn’t willing to stand for it.
Business as usual is what caused the mess McKay and Ange Postecoglou have spent the last three months trying to clean up. If that’s what we’re back to then even bigger trouble cannot be far away. Those running things at this club are a joke.
Mark my words, this is not a good day for Celtic.
We are back to looking a shambles and those who so spectacularly fell asleep at the wheel once again have it in their hands.
That does not inspire the slightest confidence. We’re back to where we were in June, only worse; we’re back to the non existent “strategy” which delivered this summer of chaos.
I have no faith whatsoever in this board or their puppet chief executive.
The need for a radical change of direction at Parkhead is now acute and serious and vital.
The fans deserve answers here … and I do not believe we’re going to get them.
The contempt this club shows for us is disgusting. We’re supposed to accept tonight’s ridiculous statement and follow this thing blindly.
Celtic needs transformed from the very top of the house.
Nothing less is going to suffice.