Martin O'Neill

Read all the news about Celtic hero Martin O'Neill. Martin O'Neill was born in Kilrea, Northern Ireland on 1 March 1952 (age 66).

O’Neill left Leicester on 1 June 2000, taking over from the team of John Barnes and Kenny Dalglish to become manager of Celtic, who had finished runners-up to Old Firm rivals Rangers in both of their previous seasons; in the season just gone, they had finished 21 points behind the champions.

O’Neill’s first Old Firm game, in late August 2000, ended in a 6–2 victory for Celtic over Rangers. It was their biggest victory over Rangers since the 1957 Scottish League Cup Final. His second Old Firm game saw a reversal of fortunes, however, as Celtic suffered a 5–1 defeat. In that first season, O’Neill won a domestic treble with Celtic, the first time this had been achieved since 1968. He was then touted as a potential successor to Alex Ferguson, who had announced he was to leave Manchester United in 2002. Celtic then retained the league title in 2001–02, the first time since 1982 that Celtic had managed that feat. Celtic also qualified for the Champions League group stage, winning all of their home games but losing all of their away games.

He then guided Celtic to the 2003 UEFA Cup Final in Seville, which Celtic lost 3–2 in extra time to a Porto side managed by José Mourinho. This was Celtic’s first European final since 1970 and they beat Blackburn, Celta Vigo, Stuttgart, Liverpool and Boavista on the way to the final. 80,000 Celtic fans travelled to Seville. The following season Celtic regained the league title from rivals Rangers and reached the quarter finals of the Uefa Cup, including a victory against Barcelona.

On 25 May 2005, Celtic announced that O’Neill would resign as manager to care for his wife Geraldine, who had lymphoma. His last competitive game in charge of Celtic was the Scottish Cup final 1–0 victory over Dundee United on 28 May 2005, decided by an eleventh-minute goal by Alan Thompson.

Under O’Neill, Celtic won 213, drew 29 and lost 40, of 282 games played, and he was the most successful Celtic manager since Jock Stein. In his five seasons at Celtic Park, O’Neill won three League titles, three Scottish Cups, and a League Cup. The two league titles he lost were by margins of a point and a goal. He also oversaw a record 7 consecutive victories in Old Firm derbies, and in season 2003–04 Celtic created a British record of 25 consecutive league victories.

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Daily Record · Aug 16

Brendan Rodgers won’t let Celtic suffer third season collapse the same way Rangers did under Dick Advocaat

Billy Dodds was part of Dick Advocaat’s squad that crumbled under the challenge of Martin O’Neill but doesn’t believe Rodgers will let Celtic’s standards fall...

Daily Record · Aug 16
VideoCelts · Jul 16

Sutton compares Celtic’s Seville hero to Mbappe!

Over five seasons under Martin O’Neill Agathe set up numerous goals for Sutton and Henrik Larsson with defenders unable to cope with his electric pace down the right flank...

VideoCelts · Jul 16
VideoCelts · Jul 10

Rodgers has not so secret European motivation

“Brendan will want to get Celtic into the knockout stages as his predecessors Neil Lennon and Martin O’Neill did...

VideoCelts · Jul 10

Jim Craig – Martin O’Neill gets off to a winning start as Celtic manager

For his first game in charge, Martin O’Neill took his squad of players across to Ireland where they were to meet Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Ground in the NTL Challenge Match...

Celts Are Here · Jun 25

Celtic Legends Snapped With Former Ibrox Man in Russia

CHRIS SUTTON posted up a fantastic picture of himself, Henrik Larsson, Martin O’Neill and Terry Butcher all in Russia for the World Cup.

Celts Are Here · Jun 25
Celts Are Here · Jun 24

The Almost Bhoy – Celtic’s Original French Eddie

Long before French Eddie and Brendan Rodgers, we almost had another Irishman managing a player coming over from France.

Celts Are Here · Jun 24
Daily Record · Jun 22

Bizarre moment Martin O’Neill is kissed by TV host Fernando Fiore live on air

Former Celtic boss O’Neill is clearly caught off guard by the wacky Argentine TV host in this awkward encounter...

Daily Record · Jun 22
The Celtic Star · Jun 11

Jackie McNamama on Bobo, Barca and Celtic’s half time fight night

JACKIE McNAMARA tells the story of the night Big Bobo Balde got away with a red card against Barcelona and instead the Celtic captain on the night had to go back into the dressing room at half time and tell the unfortunate Rap Douglas that he had been sent off instead...

The Celtic Star · Jun 11
Celtic TV · Jun 4

Celtic FC – Scott Brown Testimonial

o/ From Paradise’s first Fanzone to the return of Martin O’Neill and his Republic of Ireland side, #Broony10 was an unforgettable occasion...

Celtic TV · Jun 4

Si Ferry Meets… Alan Thompson

Si sits down with former Celtic FC and England international, Alan Thompson to discuss his illustrious career with the Hoops which saw him as key player during Martin O’Neill’s era as manager...

Open Goal · May 28

Si Ferry Meets Alan Thompson

Si sits down with former Celtic FC and England international, Alan Thompson to discuss his illustrious career with the Hoops which saw him as key player during Martin O’Neill’s era as manager...

Open Goal · May 28
Daily Record · May 25

Celtic hero Alan Thompson reveals Chris Sutton’s cheeky prank which left him red-faced

The former Parkhead star got more than he bargained for when he went into pay for petrol in the Martin O’Neill era...

Daily Record · May 25
The Sun · May 24

France vs Rep of Ireland: Live stream, TV channel and kick-off time for World Cup friendly

IRELAND travel to the Stade De France on to give France some practise before they leave for the World Cup.

The Sun · May 24
Inside Futbol · May 21

Brendan Rodgers Targeting European Success, Former Celtic Manager Believes

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill believes that Brendan Rodgers will be targeting European success with Celtic next season...

Inside Futbol · May 21
Scotzine · May 21

‘Rodgers Can Make Euro Impact,’ O’Neill

MARTIN O’NEILL believes Brendan Rodgers can lead Celtic to their first European Final since Seville in 2003.

Scotzine · May 21

Giggs, Keane, Duff, Scholes and Ferdinand sign up for Liam Miller tribute match

Ryan Giggs, Robbie Keane, Damien Duff, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand are among a host of former stars who will play in a tribute match for the late Liam Miller...

Armstrong, Asset Management, the folly of the past

You remember the days we used to bang on about Asset Management? The Martin O’Neill was glorious but that team left with barely a dowry.

Talking Baws · May 28

Video: Thompson Recalls Squirting Lucozade in Jose Mourinho’s Face During 2003 UEFA Cup Final

Former Celtic midfielder Alan Thompson has revealed he started a half-time brawl between his ex-team-mates and Porto’s players and management staff during the 2003 UEFA Cup final...

Talking Baws · May 28
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