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I’m not a populist- Roger Mitchell responds to rumours over Celtic CEO role

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Roger Mitchell has taken to Twitter to respond to speculation that he could become the next CEO of Celtic.

Dom McKay surprisingly stepped down on September 10 after just 72 days in the job with Michael Nicholson stepping into his shoes as acting CEO.

Announcing the news at 5pm on a Friday, Chairman Ian Bankier described the ‘new man’ as an absolute team player which seemed like a very strong endorsement likely to see the acting aspect of his title quietly dropped.

Nicholson hasn’t made any comment on his current role but did contribute to the club’s Annual Report that covered the year to 30 June 2021.

Mitchell was the first CEO of the SPL when they were formed in 1998. Arriving from Italy with the reputation of being a moderniser he left four years later following difficulties over broadcasting deals which saw SPL TV suggested, Sky Sports pulling out and a last minute deal secured with BBC Scotland.

Since then Mitchell has returned to Italy where he has used social media to criticise the parochial nature of Scottish football. That seems at odds with his time at the SPL where everything seemed to be based around the Old Firm rather than reaching out to new markets and initiatives.

Over the last couple of years Mitchell has been highly critical of the direction that Celtic are moving in, with Nicholson viewed as a good team player it is unlikely that Chairman Bankier will be keen for a critical new broom to come in to change the focus of the club.

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