There could be “huge conflict” in the Celtic boardroom if the owner’s son is given a high-profile position within the club, say Kieran Maguire.
The finance expert and new Football Insider columnist made his comments after this site revealed that Ross Desmond, son of Celtic’s largest individual shareholder Dermot Desmond, is being considered for a hands-on role as part of a major executive reshuffle.
Desmond, 38, is currently a principal at investment capital group Ventura Holdings and has no official previous experience working in football.
This has inevitably led to accusations of nepotism among some Celtic supporters.
Many of them are dissatisfied with the Hoops decision-makers at present amid the club’s poor league form and the fallout following their mid-season Dubai trip.
But while Maguire is wary of the conflict the appointment could cause, he also suggests that a fresh appointment might spark some life into a stalling Celtic board.
He told Football Insider: “It’s not necessarily a bad thing. I don’t know enough about his background to say whether he is able to instigate a significant change.
“It could result in huge conflict at board level because what happens when things go to a vote? If he’s in the minority, where do things lead from there? He might be unhappy and use his personal relationship with his father to say there should be some more boardroom changes. We just don’t know.
“The Celtic board under Peter Lawwell has been fairly steady. Perhaps this could be part of the shake-up that it requires.”
If Ross Desmond was to be awarded a senior role within the club, it would not be the only ‘legacy’ appointment we have seen in British football in recent times.
West Ham United owner David Sullivan has also handed prominent positions to his partner Eve Vorley and son Jack Sullivan over the past few years.