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CELTIC appear to be acting swiftly regarding the January transfer window – a pleasing characteristic of the Ange/Nicholson reign.

The bhoys are well-organised regarding recruitment, and fans believe the January transfer window is all but sorted.

One thing that’s yet to be addressed at the club is who will take over from Ian Bankier at the end of this year. Mr Bankier will end his long association with the club when the clock ticks midnight on Hogmanay. There’s little over a month until that happens, yet we’re still to find out who will become the next Celtic chairman.

Peter Lawwell’s name has never been far away from the conversation in the media and the chats we’ve had with people close to the club. The former Chief Executive stepped down after the COVID season. However, Peter has been ever-present in the Celtic boardroom on matchdays.

Lawwell remains on a Celtic shadow board, keeping an association with the club, which is mandatory for Peter to continue to represent Celtic on the board at the ECA.

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Other than that, we’ve not heard many names up for the Chairman role.

There was chat a while back about Sharon Brown taking the role. Sharon is a non-executive director on the board, but that noise has died down.

Ian Bankier has played down the chairman role and the powers that the man at the top holds. It’s seen more as a representative role who can lend advice and opinions to the board. Ian has been relatively hands-off and has shaped the role around his remit. It doesn’t mean the next man or woman will do things the same way.

It all depends on what Dermot Desmond wants from his next chairman. We’re 35 days away from Ian stepping down. I’d imagine we’re getting close to an announcement.

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