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Celtic: Kieran Devlin issues Director of Football claim

Celtic: Kieran Devlin issues Director of Football claim -Celtic News

Kieran Devlin thinks it is ‘unlikely’ that Celtic will turn to the Director of Football model for ‘the foreseeable future’ following the departure of Dominic McKay. 

The lowdown

On Friday, it emerged that McKay had parted company with Celtic after less than three months in the post of chief executive. He had been appointed as the replacement to Peter Lawwell, who announced his retirement in June.

‘Personal reasons’ were cited as the explanation for his exit, but it has been suggested that McKay made an ‘inauspicious impression’ on fellow high-ranking officials, who came to view him as an ‘imperfect fit’ for the role (via Celtic Way).

Michael Nicholson, formerly director of legal affairs, has taken over as CEO on an interim basis.

The latest

Addressing fans in The Athletic‘s matchday discussion on Saturday, Devlin said: “I do believe the DoF plan was McKay’s.”

This was apparently ‘one of the points of friction’ which emerged with some members of the board, who were resistant to the change.

The journalist added that ‘unless something unexpected happens’, it seems that the Director of Football idea will be shelved for now.

The verdict

It’s a real worry for Celtic fans that there’s seemingly disagreement at the top level as to how the club should operate moving forward. The support could be forgiven for thinking that there isn’t a coherent plan at place.

Also, why did the issues with McKay’s appointment only emerge in the early weeks of his role, rather than during the recruitment process?

Celtic may be under new management in terms of their on-field activity with Ange Postecoglou, but this doesn’t feel like a new era at Parkhead given the board level disruption.

In other news, this journalist dropped a ‘revolution’ claim following McKay’s exit.


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