Dominic McKay has finally broken his silence on his transition to taking over from Peter Lawwell as Celtic chief executive.

The former Scottish Rugby Union chief joins Parkhead officially on July 1 but was brought to the club early to learn from Lawwell and get a head start on the job with a mammoth summer rebuild expected.

That rebuild included the hiring of a new manager which was confirmed this morning, that Ange Postecoglou will take the reins as boss following the resignation of Neil Lennon earlier this season.

Hoops fans have been frustrated at the lack of communication from their club since the campaign ended but McKay - while unveiling Postecoglou - was also briefly asked about his own beginnings in the role and he revealed how he has coped with the move so far as well as key plans for the future that he and the new manager will take into consideration moving forward.

"The transition over the past four or five weeks has been great," McKay revealed in a Celtic TV interview. "I've had a chance to meet some of the team here at Celtic both at Celtic Park and Lennoxtown and the passion people have for this great club is really impressive. My job when I start on July 1 is to lead this great club and bring us back to success.

"One of the things I've been doing over the last few weeks as part of the transition is speaking with as many people as I can across the whole club, from top to bottom, getting a sense of the challenges we face but also the opportunities and there's no doubt that there's some incredible work been done as is evidenced by Peter and the whole exec team. And all the staff in creating unprecedented success in the last number of years.

"We had a disappointing season, of course we have. My challenge is to pick ourselves back up again and get us focused on the years ahead. To do that, in all high performance environments you need to evolve, whether that's on the football side, academy side or business side, that's my mission, to start evolving all areas that we need to evolve and building on the solid platform to make sure this club remains as successful as it deserves to be for the years ahead."

McKay played a key role in bringing Greek-born Australian coach Postecoglou to Parkhead and he insisted that a major factor in the decision to hire the former Yokohama F Marinos manager was their shared vision both on and off the pitch.

And he explained that, with some massive European qualifiers on their way, the pair will have a job on their hands in terms of recruitment and the overhaul of playing staff which is expected - though they have already discussed potential transfer targets.

"We have a shared vision and that was really important to me that the new manager would have bought into the modernising, the evolution and development of the club, both on and off the field," McKay added. "In terms of his style of play, I think he'll excite the fans. In terms of communication I think he'll be great at engaging supporters. And his philosophy which is born out of international level, with World Cups, but in winning competitions. I wanted a winner and I'm delighted to secure Ange.

"We've got the challenges of the Covid environment which everyone is dealing with. As soon as we possibly can get Ange into the country he's keen to meet up with the team and start working and rebuilding the squad for the seasons ahead. So it'll be a little bit of time yet but you can be rest assured people are moving heaven and earth to get him into the country as soon as we possibly can."

"We spent a lot of time talking through the playing side, the coaching side, footballing operations. And it'd be fair to say that his phone has been busy over the last number of weeks and I'm excited that we're getting information across to him to make decisions and give us feedback on all the various aspects you can expect us to consider ahead of the new season.

"Talking recruitment in particular, plans for the season ahead, we're very active in that regard. We know there are some important fixtures coming up and we want to make sure the team is in the best shape it can be so I'm sure Ange will share more information with supporters as soon as we can."