By Kevin Campbell

16th Sep, 2021 | 7:00am

Celtic tipped to make pre-Christmas appointment after Herald update - Campbell

Kevin Campbell has tipped Celtic to have a permanent successor for Dominic McKay appointed well before Christmas.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton striker suspects the club’s board are already working through a list of candidates for the position.

Celtic announced last Friday that McKay had stood down from his position as chief executive for personal reasons just 72 days after he succeeded Peter Lawwell.

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

The Herald (14th September) have named the five contenders to succeed McKay permanently as Michael Nicholson, Ross Desmond, Ramon Vega, Brett Desmond and Susan Whelan.

When asked by Football Insider when fans should expect the club to have a permanent replacement in by, Campbell said:

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“I’m sure they have somebody in mind to take over the spot permanently. There should be contingency planning at a club like Celtic. You have to plan for every eventuality.

“Big clubs should have a shortlist of names ready to fill big roles like that. Now it is about going down that list, working through it and coming to a decision on the next appointment as quickly as possible because you need somebody in that role.

“I would think they will have somebody in before Christmas because it’s a vitally important position.”

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