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The Ian Bankier rumour

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The sudden departure of Dom McKay has led to speculation that further changes are in the pipeline at Celtic.

Boardroom reshuffles are something of a rarity with Sharon Brown’s appointment in 2016 the last addition to a group that has been in place for more than a decade.

In 2011 Ian Bankier succeeded John Reid as chairman, many fans know little more about the 72-year-old than they did when he joined the board.

With Peter Lawwell as CEO and major decisions needing the approval of Dermot Desmond the once powerful role of Chairman has largely been by-passed which seems to be to Bankier’s liking.

Beyond reading out the results of resolutions at the AGM his voice is barely heard from one year to the next.It is fair to say that he has the same underwhelming presence as James McFadden or Steven Thompson in a television studio.

While spinning against McKay in Saturday’s newspapers former Celtic View reporters Stephen McGowan, Andrew Smith and Allison McConnell all suggested that further changes could be expected in the Celtic boardroom.

The glowing testimonials for Michael Nicholson suggest that he’ll be CEO for much longer than McKay, that news hasn’t gone down well with expectations low over who will succeed Tory donor Bankier if he steps down as Chairman.

Bankier has been heavy involved in failing to take the SFA to task over the 2011 UEFA licence given to a club with overdue tax payables. At the 2019 Celtic AGM Peter Lawwell said that he had never seen the 2012 Five Way Agreement, Bankier has never corrected that comment.

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