Former Celtic man and pundit Chris Sutton has had his say on Dom McKay’s dramatic Parkhead exit as CEO following a behind-the-scenes power struggle at Celtic Park.
The executive, who boasts a background in rugby, stepped down from his role despite being in the role for less than ten weeks for ‘personal reasons’.
However, according to the Daily Record McKay was effectively forced out by other senior figures at the club who endured friction with McKay’s authority at Celtic.
McKay was charged with the mammoth task of overseeing a rebuild of the squad at Parkhead among other duties at Celtic.
The Bhoys have enjoyed a busy transfer window, with a whole host of new names arriving in Paradise.
Up front, the likes of Giorgos Giakoumakis, Kyogo Furuhashi, Jota and Liel Abada have all arrived.
Defensively, the Bhoys have added Carl Starfelt, Josip Juranovic and Cameron Carter-Vickers, as well as youngsters Liam Shaw (who arrived before McKay’s tenure) and Osaze Urhoghide.
Elsewhere, other notable signings include Joe Hart in goal and former Crystal Palace and Everton midfield enforcer James McCarthy, who is a boyhood Celt.
Despite a successful window, some figures were reportedly concerned by the pace of change at the club and the structural reconfiguration going on behind the scenes.
Sutton had his say in his Record Sport column on McKay’s departure at the politics at Celtic:
‘Peter Lawwell had a good run in the position, but his term had run its course by the end of last season
The mood around the support base was gloomy. The team was miles behind Rangers in the final league table and the cup competitions were disappointing.
With so many loan players disappearing and big names seeking pastures new, the word overhaul was an understatement.
The fact things have turned so quickly point to the fact that McKay, in a short space of time, did a good job.
The chase for Eddie Howe didn’t end well when the Englishman decided he didn’t want the job, but Postecoglou has gone in and caught the imagination of the fans which means McKay more than made up for that.
Fair enough, the Aussie still has things to prove, but the early signs are very positive.
There is a style which is being imprinted onto the team that has excited the supporters. For that reason, it’s so far, so good with that appointment.
Working with the manager, McKay managed to facilitate the signing of 12 players during the last transfer window and just about every base was covered.
Certainly the key areas which desperately needed strengthening were strengthened. It’s not just the volume of signings, but the talent of them which have pleased the fans.
In terms of sales, McKay was under pressure to get it right.
Let’s face it, there were few better at driving a good deal for Celtic than Lawwell and those were tough shoes to fill in that department.
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Despite the intrinsic upheaval involved, McKay did a superb job at Celtic.
He successfully filled most gaps in the squad with young, hungry talent and sold out-of-contract stars for notable fees.
Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer both went for eight-figure sums and Ryan Christie fetched a few million despite being out of contract in six months’ time.
In terms of both incomings and outgoings, McKay got it right. It was a shame his work was reportedly too nerve-wracking for some figures to take.