By Kieran Maguire

18th Sep, 2021 | 9:35am

Kieran Maguire tells Celtic to drop two 'big names' from five-man CEO shortlist

Michael Nicholson should be appointed as the next Celtic chief executive ahead of one of Dermot Desmond’s sons.

So says finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Dom McKay’s dramatic resignation.

It was announced on 11 September that Nicholson, head of legal and football affairs at Parkhead, would temporarily take over McKay’s duties.

Three days later, The Herald claimed that Nicholson is one of five candidates in the running to be named McKay’s permanent successor.

Two of Desmond’s sons, Ross and Brett Desmond, are also reported to be contenders for the position.

Both men have been formally involved with the Hoops in the past, but their exact roles have never been defined.

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Maguire argues that nepotism should not be the driving force behind Celtic’s search for a new chief exec.

“I could see Nicholson being appointed,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“I think there is a very good case for having someone who has an intimate knowledge of the business because of the size of the task.

“I’ve also seen two Dermot Desmond’s sons linked with the job. They are big names but that rarely work out, just look at David Gold’s kid at West Ham.”

McKay, a boyhood Celtic fan, was appointed as Peter Lawwell’s successor just two months ago.

He cited “personal reasons” for his decision to resign and has so far declined to expand his decision.

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