Dominic McKay to leave SRU for Celtic

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Dominic McKay
Dominic McKay has been the SRU's chief operating Officer since 2015. Image: © Craig Watson.

DOMINIC McKay will take what he calls a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” this summer when he joins Celtic as their chief executive. He has been with the SRU for 13 years, and has spent the past six as Chief Operating Officer, effectively second-in-command behind Mark Dodson.

“I can honestly say I have enjoyed the best 13 years of my life at Scottish Rugby and made life-long friends across the sport and all its numerous Unions, partners, broadcasters and sponsors,” McKay said in a statement released this morning by Murrayfield. “It has been a huge privilege to work with such a talented and passionate group of people over this time and I’d like to pay special thanks to Mark Dodson for his support, friendship and leadership.

“I am incredibly proud of the progress the organisation has made in recent years and hope I have contributed to the strong foundations now in place, which I believe will serve Scottish Rugby well in the future.

“Joining Celtic FC as Chief Executive is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a new challenge I am very excited about taking on later this year. I have been incredibly impressed with the vision and people within the club and I look forward to working with them.”

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McKay will take over at Celtic Park from Peter Lawwell, who is retiring at the end of June after 17 years in the post. “I first discussed the possibility of my retirement with the chairman [Ian Bankier] last year and we were keen to ensure an orderly handover to a new CEO once we had found the right candidate,” Lawwell said on the Celtic website.

“Now that the process to select Dominic McKay as my successor is complete, I feel the time is now right to announce my retirement at the end of this season. I believe the club have identified an excellent successor with the highest integrity who will bring substantial experience and enthusiasm to the role. I wish him every success in the future.”

SRU chief executive Dodson offered his best wishes to his colleague and said he would complete an assessment of how the organisation should look post-pandemic before deciding on how to go about replacing McKay.“Firstly I’d like to congratulate Dom on securing this fantastic opportunity.

“Dom will leave with all our best wishes and he will always be a friend of Scottish Rugby and our sport. I have hugely enjoyed working with him and he has made a significant contribution to the progress we have made as a sport and organisation, including recently helping to bring significant private equity investment into the PRO14.

“While we are sad to see him go in the summer we wish him well at Celtic FC and are delighted he is staying in Scottish sport and look forward to our paths crossing again in the future.

“Scottish Rugby is currently entering into a period of strategic review that will see the organisation plan for its post Covid-19 future and I will reference this work to reflect the needs of the organisation ahead of any recruitment process.”

McKay’s arrival at Parkhead appears sure to come in the wake of Celtic’s failure to win their coveted tenth consecutive league championship. They completed their fourth treble in a row last year when they won the 2020 Scottish Cup, but by that stage they had already been knocked out of this season’s League Cup. They are currently 23 points behind Rangers in the Premiership.

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    • One of Dodson’s mates thanking him for his ludicrous salary? Not interesting and certainly not surprising.

      • He thanks him for his support, friendship and leadership. Nothing to do with money from what i see.


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