Celtic appoint Michael Nicholson as club’s new chief executive

Nicholson starts new role with immediate effect having served as interim chief executive since September.

Celtic appoint Michael Nicholson as club’s new chief executive SNS Group

Celtic have appointed Michael Nicholson as the club’s new chief executive on a permanent basis.

Nicholson has been acting in the position since early September following the short-lived tenure of Dominic McKay, who quit the club after just five months citing “personal reasons”.

The 45-year-old joined Celtic in 2013 as company secretary and head of legal, before being promoted to the position of director of legal and football affairs in 2019.

Nicholson said: “As a Celtic supporter all my life, I will do everything I can to drive the club forward, working at all times in the best interests of Celtic.

“I have been fortunate to be part of this great institution for a number of years and it is a privilege to now hold this new responsibility. We have a team of brilliant people who are absolutely committed to Celtic and we will work together to deliver success for the club and our supporters.

“I look forward to working with Ange, the board, our colleagues and supporters in order to advance as a club, proud of our traditions and dedicated to constant improvement.

“The current environment remains uncertain and everyone at the club recognises and sincerely appreciates the ongoing commitment of our supporters. Our League Cup victory at the weekend gives us all something to celebrate and we look forward to continuing success for Celtic Football Club.”

Chris McKay, the club’s finance director and member of the board, will assume the role of chief financial officer, with a broader range of executive responsibilities.

Celtic chairman Ian Bankier said: “We are delighted to confirm this appointment. Michael is well known and highly respected across football domestically and internationally. He has the ability and experience to take Celtic forward positively and achieve great results.

“The appointments of Michael and Chris bring important continuity. They have been close to Ange since his arrival as football manager in the summer, and since then they have supported him brilliantly and will continue to do so as we further develop our football operations.”