Celtic’s boardroom has been a puzzling environment over the last 12 months and recent news hasn’t helped that.
Dominic McKay resigned from his position as the Hoops’ Chief Executive last Friday, citing personal reasons for his departure from Parkhead.
The factors behind McKay’s decision have been speculated widely in the last few days.
Some reports claim the CEO jumped before he was pushed by Dermot Desmond after disagreements over the vision at the club.
McKay was keen on modernising Celtic but more senior figures wanted to see things run as they have been over the last decade or so. A reluctance to seek advice from Peter Lawwell is also thought to be a reason for his downfall.
However, former Scottish Premiership figure Noel Whelan, who appeared for Aberdeen, Livingston and Dunfermline Athletic, seems to think that he could return in the future.
In what was labelled a ‘dramatic’ statement by Football Insider, the footballer turned pundit said: “I’m sure that Celtic will give him all the backing that he needs to get him back into that position as quickly as possible.
“It’s unfortunate for Celtic but as long as they keep doing their talking on the field, hopefully he can get back in the job sooner rather than later.”
If McKay was given the license to return to Celtic further down the line then supporters would surely have every right to be excited.
After all, the figure had stimulating plans for the future of the football club and was keen to reinvigorate a team that had been encased in toxicity last season.
Protests against the board had mounted and despite all of Lawwell’s success over the last few decades, his tenure with the club was unravelling in the worst way possible.
His final campaign as CEO saw a trophyless season go by but the early signs under McKay looked promising.
That said, they weren’t all his decisions with five other figures thought to be involved in the recruitment of playing staff.
However, his plan for other areas was concise and well thought out. Speaking to 67hailhail earlier this year, the departed CEO said:
“Whether it’s in data analytics, whether it’s in recruitment, whether it’s in engagement, whether that’s on investment in facilities, whether it’s up at Lennoxtown or Barrowfield or here at the stadium, I want to make sure that we’re ready for the next ten years. And that we’re surprising and delighting people along the way.”
Developments at Barrowfield are now set to take place but Celtic supporters may never know what he could do in other facets.
The Athletic claims that McKay was trying to make the club a force outside of the Premiership too, an idea that many fans brought into considering the absence of that thought in recent years.
Therefore, if he does return to Parkhead, supporters will no doubt be delighted. That final vision is perhaps one of the most important that needs installing at Celtic.