Sat. Sep 18th, 2021

Former Celtic star Charlie Nicholas believes Dominic McKay’s departure is no big deal, as he branded the departed CEO a “glove puppet”.

The former head of Scottish Rugby dramatically walked away last week citing personal reasons, having spent just a few months in the job.

McKay was brought in alongside new manager Ange Postecoglou to oversee a much-needed rebuild at Parkhead.

But while Nicholas has been impressed by the Aussie boss, he’s been left shrugging his shoulders after the executive’s exit.

He wrote in his Daily Express column: “Is it really such big news that Dom McKay’s time at Celtic has been kicked into touch?

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“The chief executive revealed he was stepping down for ‘personal reasons’ last Friday, after barely a couple of months in the job.

“But it is not the dramatic story it has been made out to be.

“Some of the comments from pundits have been ridiculously over the top but that’s because a lot of those people don’t understand the fabric of Celtic.

“For years, the club has been run by an accountant and an owner who isn’t there very often.

“They possess all the power and all the money. Even when Celtic floundered on the pitch last season, Rangers were still playing catch-up to their Old Firm rivals off it.

“So I don’t see why McKay stepping down is a big issue in the grand scheme of things. What did people think he was going to do that was anything radically different to his predecessor Peter Lawwell?

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“Let’s tell it like it is. McKay was a glove puppet who had come in on Lawwell’s recommendation, and it was an appointment that majority shareholder Dermot Desmond was more than happy enough to go along with.

“From what I have seen and heard, I don’t think McKay had much influence at all on key decisions at the club.

“If that wasn’t already apparent, then it should have been after Postecoglou’s telling weekend remarks of, ‘We have to be careful with the narrative of who brought me to the club’.

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“A dozen players were brought in by Celtic over the summer transfer window on McKay’s watch but does anyone really think he knew much about Kyogo Furuhashi or Cameron Carter-Vickers?

“Come on, this guy was previously involved with Scottish Rugby.”

And Nicholas went on to accuse former CEO Peter Lawwell of having had too much influence on transfer policy.

He stepped down in favour of McKay over the summer, and the former Celtic star feels new man Postecoglou is now in the driving seat.

Nicholas continued: “Lawwell had too much influence on recruitment during his reign.

“But you could argue Postecoglou had to be given more influence than he should have due to McKay’s lack of football expertise.

“Celtic failed to come through the Champions League qualifiers this season and, because of that, the club might have been forced to give in to the Aussie manager’s demands more than they wanted to.

“So this McKay story is not dramatic news.”

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