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Celtic CEO Michael Nicholson – Timing Is Everything

20 July 2022

Timing is Everything it would seem for Celtic CEO and SPFL board member Michael Nicholson. He always seemed to be the quiet man on the Celtic board.  In the shadow of Peter Lawell and out of limelight.


If he had he been appointed to the Celtic CEO role straight after Peter Lawell, it would not have been viewed as a positive appointment among large sections of the Celtic support.

When Peter Lawell stood down as Celtic CEO after the collapse of the Celtic team in pursuit of the 10IAR. Lawell enjoyed plenty of success at Celtic. He was also richly rewarded for that success. That last season was a disaster. It happened on his watch and he had to go.

Along with major shareholder Dermot Desmond, Peter appointed Neil Lennon as manager and Nick Hammond head of football. manager. The season just went from bad to worse.


Dominic McKay we were told was headhunted to be Celtic CEO. He arrived from Scottish Rugby at a difficult time at the club. After so much success we were suffering last Summer. The Eddie Howe saga did not help matters.

The reign of Dom was short. He stepped down after just two months in the job. Dom seemed a decent fellow when he addressed Celtic fan media with Ange Postecoglou. His reasons for resigning were personal.

Nicholson who was serving as director of legal and football affairs at Celtic was parachuted into the CEO role. Firstly on an interim basis before being made permanent.


Success on the field of play since the appointment of Ange Postecoglou  as Celtic manager has meant that the new CEO had a smooth first season in charge.  Apart from rumours of an appointment of security chief, Bernard Higgins did ruffle more than a few feathers in the Celtic support. Thankfully sense prevailed after a long silence from Michael and the Celtic board.

Michael Nicholson has been elected onto the SPFL for the forthcoming season at the leagues AGM. He will serve with Ron Gordon (Hibernian), James MacDonald (Ross County) Les Gray (Hamilton Academical), Graeme Mathie (Ayr United), Alastair Donald (Forfar Athletic) and Paul Hetherington (Airdrieonians).

Elected members will serve on the 2022/23 SPFL Board, with chief executive Neil Doncaster, chairman Murdoch MacLennan and independent non-executive director Karyn McCluskey.

Was Michael Nicholson, the right man at the right time in the right place?