Celtic latest news: Fresh revelation over Ian Bankier's replacement emerges

Celtic chairman Ian Bankier

Sharon Brown is in line to succeed Ian Bankier as Celtic’s chairman, according to journalist Stuart Hodge.

What’s the latest news involving Bankier?

Celtic, who are looking to bounce back from relinquishing their Scottish Premiership title to arch-rivals Rangers last season, were rocked by the news that Dom McKay had resigned as the club’s chief executive for personal reasons last week.

It has been reported that tension behind the scenes was a significant reason for McKay choosing to walk away from the job after just 72 days.

According to the Scottish Daily Mail, via 67 Hail Hail, McKay may not be the only leading figure departing Parkhead as chairman Bankier is also expected to leave.

Bankier succeeded Sir John Reid as the Hoops’ chairman a decade ago.

Journalist Hodge has revealed Brown, who joined Celtic as a non-executive director in 2016, is set to replace Bankier.

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What has Stuart Hodge said about the situation?

Hodge has claimed that Celtic are looking to replace Bankier with someone who is already on the board, with Brown in pole position. 

However, the journalist is critical of the Hoops’ decision to look internally for Bankier’s successor.

Hodge told GMS: “I’ve been hearing that it’s going to be someone who is already internally on the board that will probably replace Ian Bankier as chairman.

“That will be the political move that makes Celtic look like they appreciate the need for a refresh.

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“Sharon Brown is expected to be the person in some quarters. That’s not something that’s rock solid but, just talking to people, it seems to be the thinking. So if Bankier goes, it’s like ‘the King is dead, long live the Queen’. That’s what you’re essentially looking at.

“Nothing’s really changing there – just a name, just a figurehead.

“But there needs to be a move to a 21st century sporting model. That’s it.

“I don’t see Celtic, with the current board that they’ve got, doing that and that’s the big problem at the football club.”

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How have Celtic performed under Bankier’s stewardship?

Since being installed as the Glasgow-based club’s chairman in 2011, Celtic had won the Scottish Premiership title every season until Rangers clinched top spot last term.

But Bankier has not always had the support of the fanbase, with supporters’ groups the Celtic Trust, the Affiliation of Registered Celtic Supporters’ Clubs and the Green Brigade issuing a joint statement calling on him to consider his position as chairman close to six years ago.

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