Celtic have taken a “massively important” step ahead of the summer by getting Dominic McKay to join earlier than expected.

That is according to former Scotland boss Alex McLeish who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Bhoys were trying to “get ahead of the game” with his early appointment.

As confirmed on Tuesday, McKay will join the Parkhead executive team later this month before replacing Peter Lawwell as CEO in July.

McKay, who is currently the chief operating officer for Scottish Rugby was announced as Lawwell’s replacement earlier this year.

However, he was not expected to link up with the Hoops until July.

Instead, he is now set to join on April 19 before stepping up his responsibilities in the summer.

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McLeish insisted the Hoops needed to prepare accordingly to bounce back from their disappointing season.

As such, he lauded the Bhoys for being so “professional” in their approach.

“I’ve always believed that preparation is vital,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge. 

“If you don’t things early and you do it with just a week to go before the new season starts, that is very difficult. I’ve experienced that as a coach, a player and a manager.

“You get the saying about preparing properly prevents poor performance, that is so true. Getting the strategy in place is fine, implementing it is much more difficult.

“It seems that Celtic are trying to get ahead of the game. I would think that’s massively important for them.

“It is a very, very professional way that they’re going about it as a top club.”

In other news, Football Insider can reveal who Celtic have lined up as an Eddie Howe alternative.