Journalist and pundit Alison McConnell has suggested that the arrival of a key club official at Celtic could ‘happen imminently’.

Speaking on a recent episode of the PLZ Football podcast, the writer claimed that Celtic could be set to appoint Dominic McKay as the club’s chief executive incredibly soon.

McConnell noted during a discussion on Celtic’s new manager search that whilst she remained unsure as to whether there had been fresh developments over the managerial hunt, she did feel that McKay’s formal arrival could be an impending foundational appointment.

Celtic’s outgoing executive Peter Lawwell had previously announced his retirement following a 17-year tenure at Parkhead, with McKay’s impending arrival announced soon after.

McKay was due to formally join on July 1, but McConnell contradicted this with a belief that the need for an urgent restructuring at Celtic could see McKay’s arrival brought forward.

She said: 

“I just don’t know that there’s any of us who have a real inkling about what Celtic want and whether or not there is still a move towards a director of football and if so, do we bring in a director of football before they bring in a manager, or do you bring in a manager who’s willing to work with your director of football?

“The one thing that I would say I expect to happen imminently is maybe bringing in Dom McKay now and getting him in earlier than anticipated so that we can really start to focus because the clock’s ticking for Celtic; the Champions League qualifiers are early – there’s not a huge amount of time.”

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Given the dominant fashion in which Rangers pounced upon the Scottish Premiership title this season, there has been a self-evident stinging gulf in sporting quality this season.

McKay’s role as Chief Executive would place him at the apex of the backroom pyramid, therefore rendering him an ideal cornerstone of the structural changes that are being put into place at Parkhead.

With a manager left to appoint and plenty of decisions yet to be made this summer, bringing McKay’s arrival forward is a sensible move that could ensure Celtic have a greater amount of time to revitalise themselves.