By Paddy Kenny

18th Sep, 2021 | 11:00am

Celtic tipped to appoint 'ideal' McKay replacement imminently after reliable journalist update - Kenny

Paddy Kenny claims Celtic will look to appoint a new chief executive as soon as possible after Dom McKay’s surprise departure.

The former Leeds stopper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest out of Parkhead.

On 10 September, Celtic announced McKay had departed the club and cited “personal reasons” as an explanation.

BBC Scotland‘s Tom English revealed that same day that he had spoken with sources close to McKay who admitted their shock: “everyone was blindsided.”

His departure came just 72 days after he succeeded Peter Lawwell.

Celtic’s director of legal and football affairs, Michael Nicholson, has been appointed as acting chief executive while the club search for a replacement.

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Kenny insists the new chief executive must have a strong relationship with the fans if they have any hope of succeeding in the role.

“The club runs better when everyone is on the same page,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“That includes the fans. They need to know what is going on at their club.

“Communication is key. Even if there are problems, they can be dealt with.

“The ideal candidate is someone who can communicate with the fans and act as the public face of the club.

“Celtic will be looking for someone to come in right away to out new plans in motion.”

Speaking after his departure, McKay said: “I’d like to thank the Board and everyone at Celtic for their support and wish everyone at Celtic every success for the future.”

Celtic continue the search for a new chief executive as the club-wide overhaul goes on.

In other news, Celtic chiefs slammed by pundit after Postecoglou shares ‘shocking’ behind-the-scenes McKay reveal.