Former St Andrew’s Academy pupil Dominic McKay is to take over the reins as chief executive of Celtic this summer.

The Ayrshire man will take over from Peter Lawwell who is stepping down after 17-years in the role.

McKay leaves Scottish Rugby after 13 years having been appointed as director of communications and public affairs in January 2008, before taking on wider group responsibilities from 2011 and joining the Scottish Rugby board as an executive director from 2013.

The 42-year-old became chief operating officer in 2015 and has been responsible for the management of BT Murrayfield stadium as well as all commercial, marketing, ticketing and communications activity, alongside heading Scottish Rugby’s Threat Management Group in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said: “It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I look forward to beginning my new role as chief executive officer of Celtic.

“Celtic is the premier football club in Scotland and one of the most recognisable football brands globally, with our fans and sporting ethos known and respected throughout the world.

"I look forward to working with Peter and the board to ensure a seamless transition. In Peter Lawwell, I can think of no better example to follow.

“His experience and leadership have been the cornerstones of Celtic's success, success that I will now look to build on going forward. I thank him and the wider board for their support and encouragement.

"Of course I understand that Celtic is more than just about financial results off the pitch and football results on the pitch.

“Celtic is built on a charitable ethos that underpins everything that happens at the football club.

“Developing and nurturing the rich Celtic ethos with all our supporters and stakeholders is a key component of my role going forward.

"I relish the opportunity to start working with my new team, the footballing and playing staff and, most importantly, the supporters, and to see what we can achieve together for this great club, delivering the success that Celtic is built upon."