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 67).

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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Herald Scotland · Apr 22

Neil Lennon keen to restore Celtic set piece threat after champions elect draw a blank once again

WHEN Neil Lennon was a player at Celtic under both Martin O’Neill and Gordon Strachan he always had team mates who would strike fear into defences whenever the Parkhead club won a free-kick near the opposition area or were awarded a corner...

Herald Scotland · Apr 22
Evening Times · Apr 11

Celtic legend Johan Mjallby praises Kristoffer Ayer – includes a van getting punched

TRUE story about Johan Mjallby. It’s the summer of 2000, Celtic have just appointed Martin O’Neill, and having landed at Glasgow airport after a mini-tour of Ireland, Denmark and Luxembourg, players and media alike are lined up waiting on taxis...

Evening Times · Apr 11
Herald Scotland · Apr 11

Celtic legend Johan Mjallby praises Kristoffer Ayer – includes a van getting punched

TRUE story about Johan Mjallby. It’s the summer of 2000, Celtic have just appointed Martin O’Neill, and having landed at Glasgow airport after a mini-tour of Ireland, Denmark and Luxembourg, players and media alike are lined up waiting on taxis...

Herald Scotland · Apr 11
The Scotsman · Apr 1

Neil Lennon: Celtic must rebuild to maintain Scottish dominance

In the summer of 2005, Neil Lennon was named Celtic captain as Gordon Strachan undertook the revamping of a squad which had maxed out at the end of Martin O’Neill’s outstanding tenure as manager...

The Scotsman · Apr 1

Former Celtic man being eyed by Martin O’Neill to join Nottingham Forest ranks

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill could look to make a move for former Celtic striker Tommy Johnson in the summer...

Celts Are Here · Mar 29

Martin O’Neill Discusses Neil Lennon and Celtic

MARTIN O’Neill has had his say on Celtic and the Glasgow Derby coming up this Sunday after Sky Sports caught up with the Nottingham Forest boss...

Celts Are Here · Mar 29
67HailHail · Mar 28

‘The perfect choice’ – former team-mate demands that Celtic give Lennon permanent role

Former Celtic player Didier Agathe wants to see the Hoops appoint Neil Lennon as their next permanent manager.

67HailHail · Mar 28
Scotzine · Apr 15

O’Neill 1 Mowbray 2

TONY MOWBRAY overcame Martin O’Neill in the battle of the former Celtic bosses as he guided Blackburn to a 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest.

Scotzine · Apr 15

2 Nottingham Forest decisions that Martin O’Neill simply can’t run away from

Martin O’Neill has done a good job since he arrived at the City Ground, with the Reds firmly in the mix for a top six finish.

Scotzine · Mar 18

O’Neill Hails Old Bhoy Lambert

MARTIN O’NEILL praised his former Celtic skipper Paul Lambert’s rock-bottom Ipswich after Nottingham Forest 1-1 draw at Portman Road.

Scotzine · Mar 18
Read Celtic · Mar 20

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Celtic’s European clashes with English clubs?

On this day in 2003, Martin O’Neill’s Celtic knocked Liverpool out of the UEFA Cup by defeating the Reds 2-0 at Anfield.

Read Celtic · Mar 20
Read Celtic · Mar 20

QUIZ: Can you name the Celtic side which beat Liverpool on this day in 2003?

On this day back in 2003, Celtic knocked Liverpool out of the UEFA Cup after defeating the Reds 2-0 at Anfield...

Read Celtic · Mar 20

Strachan Reckons Rodgers Planned His Shock Exit

GORDON STRACHAN is convinced Brendan Rodgers would have planned his Celtic exit – and NOT left in a rush.

The Celtic Star · Mar 18

Henrik Larsson? ‘Absolutely world class. A marvellous footballer,’ Martin O’Neill

ON 18 March 2001, very impressively, Celtic, wearing their yellow change strip, took their first step to a domestic treble by beating Kilmarnock 3-0 in the Scottish League Cup Final at Hampden...

The Celtic Star · Mar 18

2 tweaks Martin O’Neill has to make to ensure Nottingham Forest are firing for the run-in

A run of one win in four games has halted Nottingham Forest’s progress as Martin O’Neill’s men look to make a late charge for a top six finish...

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The Scotsman · Apr 15

Hearts’ Bobby Burns eyes future career as director of football

A year ago Bobby Burns was finishing school at Belfast’s St Malachy’s College, where Martin O’Neill was once a pupil...

The Scotsman · Apr 15
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