Celtic’s start to the new campaign had been a fairly successful one with positivity engulfing Parkhead, rather than the violent negativity of last term.
However, that atmosphere is in danger of being tarnished again despite the Hoops’ 3-0 win on Saturday afternoon.
A surprising dose of news broke on Friday evening when it was revealed that Dominic McKay would be leaving his role as Celtic CEO.
McKay only took up the role this summer and worked closely with Ange Postecoglou in bringing in several new players over the last few months.
However, he has now stepped down due to ‘personal reasons’.
A fresh report from Stephen McGowan in the print version of The Daily Mail (via Celtic Vital), however, claims there might have been issues mounting for the departing chief executive.
He wrote: “In hindsight, Dominic McKay must wish he’d accepted that offer of help on the end of a phone.
“Peter Lawwell had a readymade crisis line on the nuts and bolts of running Celtic. And his successor chose not to call it.
“Inexperienced in the world of football transfers and rebuilding a football club, that was his first mistake. Regrettably, it wouldn’t be his last.
“Last night, the former chief operating officer of the Scottish Rugby Union paid a heavy price for his determination to go it alone when he lost the confidence of major shareholder Dermot Desmond… and jumped before he was pushed.”
McGowan added: “McKay expressed a desire to modernise and upgrade the club’s operations. He set out to be his own man. Plucked from the world of professional rugby, he knew nothing about football transfers — and he showed no inclination to accept a helping hand from those who did.”
If this really is the case then Celtic fans should be aghast with the events that have played out.
After all, McKay has done very little wrong since entering the club over the summer.
In fact, he has worked relentlessly with Postecoglou to prepare a squad that’s capable of usurping Rangers again to reclaim the Premiership title.
The early signs look good as well. Despite exiting the Champions League because of issues with transfers, the club went on to acquire 12 first team bodies, qualify for the Europa League and play some stunning football along the way.
Of course, McKay has no part in the football that’s being played but he’s certainly made Postecoglou’s life a lot easier over the last few weeks with his work behind the scenes.
What should also frustrate supporters is the fact that Dermot Desmond seemingly isn’t keen on the modernisation of the football club.
In his column, McGowan concluded: “His ideas were incompatible with the major shareholder and the board of directors. While he felt ready for Celtic, Celtic simply weren’t ready for him.”
This is a huge shame because his early work certainly seemed better than Lawwell and Nick Hammond’s.
Their work in the market last summer was disastrous with Vasilis Barkas and Albian Ajeti proving to be colossal failures despite an outlay of close to £10m.
Barkas was out of the team fairly quickly and Ajeti has netted just eight goals since signing from West Ham.
It speaks volumes that one of Postecoglou and McKay’s best signings – Kyogo Furuhashi – is already just one goal shy of that after being in Glasgow for a matter of months.
If the decision that McKay took was based on those above him in the pecking order, supporters at Paradise should be immensely disappointed.