Former Scotland international Alan Hutton has criticised Celtic’s appointment of Dominic McKay to the club’s chief executive position as we approach the imminent departure of Peter Lawwell.
Hutton speaks out
The Bhoys announced that the long-serving board member will step down from the prominent position in the summer after 17 years of service – after widespread scrutiny from the Green Brigade regarding his running of the club. Of course, there has since been even more criticism due to the fact that Lawwell was involved in selecting his own replacement (via Glasgow Live).
McKay’s arrival is the first of several changes that are reportedly due to take place at the end of the 2020/21 campaign, in what has been a season to forget for everyone connected to the club.
Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton responded to McKay’s approval into the position and responded when he was asked if Celtic should have opted for an unbiased personality – as opposed to a Hoops fan.
“You’ve literally hit the nail on the head with that,” he said.
“I mean, I don’t think it’s always a great thing for a supporter or a long-term ticket holder to be in charge because sometimes you can’t see what’s best for the club, you just see it as a fan, what you think is best.
“So personally, I would rather see someone come in with fresh thinking, have new ideas, a different plan moving forward.
“The past doesn’t matter because it’s all about the future so just a totally different way of thinking.
“That is not to say that it won’t work out for them, he’s obviously a very intelligent man, and he knows his job but that being said, sometimes it’s just nice to have totally new ideas and a different way of looking at things.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
When you look at this narrative relating to fresh minds with no affiliation, it feels like McKay is already in a virtually impossible position.
Look at what has been taking place at other clubs, particularly Manchester United. The Glazer family have been lambasted by fans perhaps more than any other owners in world football because they aren’t connected to the heart and soul of the club, and now McKay’s appointment is criticised for being exactly that.
That being said, there is every chance that McKay can hit the ground running and turns things around for the Hoops, but Hutton clearly fears this is one final big blunder from Lawwell.
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