By Noel Whelan

13th Sep, 2021 | 7:00pm

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Dom McKay could one day return to his role as Celtic chief executive.

So says ex-Scottish Premiership forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after McKay’s exit was confirmed on 11 September.

The former Scottish rugby chief had been in the role for less than two months and cited “personal reasons” for his unexpected resignation.

Previous incumbent Peter Lawwell held his position for almost 18 years before he revealed in January that he would retire at the end of 2020-21.

Parkhead’s director of legal and football affairs Michael Nicholson has been named as interim chief exec.

But Whelan claims that the door will remain open for McKay, a boyhood Celtic fan, to return to the role.

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“It’s not ideal,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“It’s an awful position to be in because it’s a really important role within the club.

“This is something they didn’t need when things were just beginning to go right for them, on and off the field.

“It’s a bit of hindrance they have to deal with now. But they had so many issues over the summertime that you’re not surprised.

“It hasn’t been smooth sailing for them. But he has cited personal reasons and family always comes first.

“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.”

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