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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Celts Are Here · Oct 17

Sutton Comes to Defence of Former Celtic Gaffer

CHRIS SUTTON has come out in defence of his old manager Martin O’Neill as the Irishman takes the brunt of the criticism for Ireland’s current form.

Celts Are Here · Oct 17

History Bhoys: Martin O’Neill: Part Two

MARTIN O’NEILL wasn’t slow to splash the cash as he made his entrance at Celtic in preparation for the 2000/01 campaign.

Celts Are Here · Oct 14

Savage – Johan Mjallby Recalls Martin O’Neill’s Instructions

JOHAN MJALLBY has revealed what Martin O’Neill’s instructions were to him when the Irishman took over as Celtic boss.

Celts Are Here · Oct 14

History Bhoys: Jock Stein: Part Three

JOCK STEIN, Martin O’Neill and Brendan Rodgers are the three Celtic managers in the club’s history to have won the magical hat-trick of domestic silverware – the league championship, the Scottish Cup and the League Cup...

History Bhoys: Jock Stein: Part Two

ONLY three managers in the illustrious history of Celtic have achieved the exceptional feat of a domestic clean sweep of silverware – Jock Stein, Martin O’Neill and Brendan Rodgers...

History Bhoys: Jock Stein: Part One

ONLY three managers in the illustrious history of Celtic have achieved the exceptional feat of a domestic clean sweep of silverware – Jock Stein, Martin O’Neill and Brendan Rodgers...

Neil Lennon Recalls Celtic Dressing Room Bust Up

NEIL LENNON sat down with BT Presenter Darrel Currie for Ladbrokes TV and got some interesting information from the former Celtic captain and manager.

Soccerlens · Sep 18

“Totally different” – Rodgers reveals truth on O’Neill’s 2013 Celtic side and who was better

originally posted on Brendan Rodgers was asked how his Celtic side would compare to Martin O’Neill’s in 2003 and believes the two teams are “totally different”.

Soccerlens · Sep 18
Celts Are Here · Sep 18

‘We Prefer This One’ – Official Celtic Reply To Juventus Goal Tweet

Celtic’s official Twitter feed was quick off the mark after seeing Juventus had posted their ‘Goal of the Day’ online.

Celts Are Here · Sep 18

History Bhoys: Martin O’Neill: Part One

CELTIC had to do something dramatic to force their way out of a painful downward spiral – enter Martin O’Neill in the summer of 2000...

Daily Record · Sep 18

How does Brendan Rodgers compare his Celtic stars to the 2003 UEFA Cup heroes?

Ahead of Thursday’s Europa League opener, the Celtic boss was asked to consider how his current crop stack up against Martin O’Neill’s Seville side...

Daily Record · Sep 18 · Sep 25

Watch: Martin O’Neill Narrates ‘The Worst Tackle In EFL History’

Before he went on to manage such esteemed clubs as Leicester City, Aston Villa and Celtic Martin O’Neill cut his teeth at Wycombe Wanderers... · Sep 25

‘Remember Seville,’ Jackie Tells Celts

JACKIE McNAMARA has told the Celtic players their Europa League exploits could tuns into a wonderful adventure.

Celtic Euro Tie Live

CELTIC’S Europa League first leg play-off against FK Suduva in Lithuania tomorrow will be televised live.

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

Henrik, Martin, Seville and Me, Lost Bhoy Fernandez Speaks

FORMER Celtic striker David Fernandez, a £1million signing by Martin O’Neill in 2002, reckons his old club can be a hit in Europe this season...

Be like Martin O’Neill, not Alan Shearer

Ask anyone who has never played the game, managed, or run a football club, and they will tell you how easy it is.

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