Celtic needed someone with a neutral perspective to take over from Peter Lawwell this summer – not another Hoops-supporting executive like Dominic McKay.
That is the view of former Rangers and Scotland defender Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Bhoys needed some fresh thinking to steer the club forward after a difficult season.
The Glasgow giants announced McKay’s appointment as Lawwell’s replacement last week and stated the incoming chief executive is a “passionate Celtic supporter and long-term season ticket holder”.
Everyone at #CelticFC looks forward to welcoming Dominic to the club. 🍀
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) January 29, 2021
Lawwell has been in charge at Parkhead for nearly two decades and has overseen four treble-winning campaigns and nine consecutive league title wins in recent years.
However, the Hoops’ hopes of securing 10-in-a-row appear slim after a resurgent Rangers side capitalised on Celtic’s poor form to open up a sizeable lead at the top of the Premiership.
Hutton believes while McKay could be a fantastic appointment, the Bhoys may have been better off bringing an outsider in to solve the issues at Parkhead.
Asked if he thought Celtic should have chosen a neutral figure to take charge to offer some fresh thinking, Hutton told Football Insider: “You’ve literally hit the nail on the head with that.
“I mean, I don’t think it’s always a great thing for a supporter or a long-term ticket holder to be in charge because sometimes you can’t see what’s best for the club, you just see it as a fan, what you think is best.
“So personally, I would rather see someone come in with fresh thinking, have new ideas, a different plan moving forward.
“The past doesn’t matter because it’s all about the future so just a totally different way of thinking.
“That is not to say that it won’t work out for them, he’s obviously a very intelligent man and he knows his job but that being said, sometimes it’s just nice to have totally new ideas and a different way of looking at things.”