Largs man Dominic McKay is to take over the reins as Chief Executive at Celtic in the summer.

He has described the big move as a 'once in a lifetime opportunity."

Dominic leaves Scottish Rugby after serving as chief operating officer and executive director. He takes over from long serving Celtic supremo Peter Lawwell who has decided to retire from his position at the end of June 2021

Dominic said: "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.”

Peter Lawwell said: "I first discussed the possibility of my retirement with the Chairman last year and we were keen to ensure an orderly handover to a new CEO once we had found the right candidate. 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. 

"Dominic will inherit a first-class executive team and a superb group of colleagues."

Dominic joined Scottish Rugby 13 years having been appointed as director of Communications & Public Affairs in January 2008, before taking on wider group responsibilities from 2011 and joining the Scottish Rugby Board as an Executive Director from 2013.

Dominic became Chief Operating Officer in 2015 and has been responsible for the management of BT Murrayfield stadium as well as all commercial, marketing, ticketing and communications activity, alongside heading Scottish Rugby’s Threat Management Group in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He has also overseen the commercial activities of Scotland’s two professional teams, Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby, and is currently Chair of the Guinness PRO14.

He leaves Scottish Rugby with the organisation’s thanks and very best wishes as he takes up one of the highest profile roles in Scottish and UK sport.

Largs and Millport Weekly News:

Dominic said: “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.

“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."