Andy Walker believes Dominic McKay’s top priority as Celtic’s new chief executive this summer will be to look for a replacement for manager Neil Lennon.
The former Hoops striker has been embroiled in an ongoing battle with Lennon after the pair clashed over Celtic’s Dubai training camp. And now the pundit has added to his criticism of Lennon with the view that McKay will get rid of the boss when he takes over officially from Peter Lawwell in the summer after he announced his retirement this morning.
Mr Lawwell publicly backed Lennon recently despite a 23 point gap between Rangers in top spot. But Walker reckons the club must look for a replacement and sack the Northern Irishman when the season finishes – and that will be McKay’s first and biggest challenge when he takes over.
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“I think the priority for any chief executive is to put in place everything that is required for a successful football club and I’ll go back to it, get a manager,” Walker told Sky Sports. “Obviously there’s going to be a change of manager at Celtic at the end of the season and I think they should be available to identify a number of really high-profile targets.
“Of course alongside that you’ve got to have domestic success, we’ve now got a resurgent Rangers under Steven Gerrard who has put together an excellent team. Rangers have been very good, not only this season, but for a long time last season so for any new chief executive coming in at Celtic, he has to identify a new manager. There will be a turnover of players as you always expect coming and going, and these will be the priorities.
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“Celtic supporters will want to talk about a new manager, new players and look ahead to a new season and try and improve on the park. I think that’s what the supporters will always want.”
Walker was at the centre of controversy recently when he branded Celtic’s trip to Dubai a ‘jolly’.
Lennon was furious and in his now infamous presser took aim at the ex-striker, demanding an apology before he would take part in any pre or post-match interviews with Sky Sports.