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Celtic can find dream McKay successor in Susan Whelan

Events in the boardroom at Celtic are unclear; especially when you have a whole host of cooks overseeing the broth at Parkhead.

Dermot Desmond is the Hoops’ chief and ultimately has the final say on important matters regarding the Hoops.

His son, Ross, is now playing a more prominent role in proceedings too but just months after finding a new manager, Celtic will also need to find themselves a new chief executive officer for the second time in a year.

Peter Lawwell retired from the role at the end of last season and was replaced by Dominic McKay.

The former Scottish rugby chief had a ten-year plan to modernise Celtic and played a major hand in Ange Postecoglou’s appointment as manager.

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However, he decided to step down last Friday, citing ‘personal reasons’ for his departure.

It has since been made apparent that he may have jumped before he was pushed after disagreements with Desmond over the future of the football club.

McKay has been replaced by Michael Nicholson on a temporary basis but it remains to be seen who becomes the permanent CEO in the next few months.

According to the Daily Record, one suitor for Celtic could be Susan Whelan. The 58-year-old is currently the CEO at Premier League club Leicester City where she has done a quite magnificent job.

Desmond has used his Irish connections to get people into Parkhead before and he could look to use them again here.

That being said, it will be difficult to lure Whelan away from such an attractive club that’s growing all the time.

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She currently works with former Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers, someone who holds her in particularly high esteem. He once said: “From Top to Susan, in her role in terms of balancing everything between the financial side and the running of the actual business, to Jon on the football element, it’s been excellent.”

Having played a key role in finding Richard Scudamore’s replacement at the top of the Premier League hierarchy, she is a well-liked character throughout English football.

She had strong connections with Ed Woodward at Manchester United and as of 2019 she was one of the top 25 businesswomen in Ireland.

One Premier League CEO once told The Athletic: “From a business point of view, Susan is known as a good operator and a respected and effective contributor to Premier League shareholder meetings and the various debates we have.”

Pivotally, she also has a reputation for being honest and straightforward when it comes to transfer dealings.

This was one of the most difficult things for Celtic during the course of the summer.

Reporter Kieran Devlin wrote the following this week: “Sources have spoken of receiving mixed, contradictory messages from different club figures. One described Celtic as being “painfully slow” in some discussions and several mentioned not receiving replies to messages for days or sometimes weeks. When replies did come, they would sometimes be from a different club figure.”

Therefore, Whelan could significantly improve this aspect of the club if she replaces McKay at Parkhead.

She is fantastic at her job and all of her work so far has led to a remarkable Premier League title triumph for Leicester, a spell in the Champions League and also an FA Cup win last summer.

Whelan is a quiet voice within football but once her opinion is heard, people stand up and take notice. Celtic must take notice now.

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