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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The Celtic Star · Feb 20

Celtic on This Day – VfB Stuttgart come calling

ON THIS DAY in 2003 Celtic played the first leg of the UEFA Cup tie against Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart at a packed Celtic Park.

The Celtic Star · Feb 20

Former Hoops Boss in Ref Rage

SEETHING Martin O’Neill claimed Nottingham Forest were “robbed” in the goalless draw at Preston.


* CELTIC have been eliminated by Valencia in their two previous knock-out encounters.

‘Players Will Be Dreaming,’ Celtic Hero

CELTIC hero Stan Petrov is convinced disappointment against Valencia was the spur for Martin O’Neill’s men to reach the UEFA Cup Final in Seville in 2003.

Daily Record · Feb 11

Martin O’Neill reveals why Rangers were able to keep Joe Worrall in January

The former Celtic manager wanted him back at the City Ground in January but a deal couldn’t be reached to end his loan spell in Glasgow...

Daily Record · Feb 11
Read Celtic · Feb 11

Valencia tie sparks memories of 2001 thriller – repeat anyone?

Celtic face Valencia on Thursday night in the Europa League round of 32, an exciting prospect for all Celtic fans across the globe.

Read Celtic · Feb 11

‘The lack of Championship experience is a worry’ – Nottm Forest’s interest in 27-y/o: Opinion

Nottingham Forest are having a very busy deadline day, with boss Martin O’Neill desperate to make a few additions to his squad.

The Celtic Star · Jan 30

Celtic treble winner set to stand for FIFA Presidency

FORMER CELTIC treble winning defender Ramon Vega has confirmed that he plans to run as a candidate for president of FIFA!

The Celtic Star · Jan 30
Celts Are Here · Jan 23

Martin O’Neill Chasing Celtic Midfielder – Reports

There have been reports overnight Martin O’Neill could be ready to call in a favour at Celtic to land one of our top prospects Lewis Morgan on-loan for the rest of the season.

Celts Are Here · Jan 23

‘I am not convinced’ – Nottingham Forest’s interest in 22-year-old: Opinion

New Nottingham Forest boss Martin O’Neill is keen on strengthening his squad this month as they look to close the gap that has built between them and the play-offs.

Celts Are Here · Jan 16

Celtic Legend Martin O’Neill Set to Ruin Ibrox Club’s Momentum – Reports

MARTIN O’NEILL has been urged to recall defender Joe Worrall early from his Ibrox loan as he gets ready to steady the ship at Nottingham Forest...

Celts Are Here · Jan 16

Martin O’Neill could make Nottingham Forest decision that’ll affect Rangers

Incoming Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill could be set to make his first decision at the helm of the Championship club.

‘Inspired’ or ‘A huge risk’ – In Conversation about Martin O’Neill’s imminent Nottm Forest appointment

Nottingham Forest seem almost certain to end their short search for a manager by turning to former Celtic and Leicester boss Martin O’Neill...

Celts Are Here · Jan 14

Club Legend Martin O’Neill on Brink of Football Return

MARTIN O’NEILL is on the brink of returning to club management this Monday afternoon as the BBC reports the Celtic Legend is about to be named the new manager of Nottingham Forest...

Celts Are Here · Jan 14

10 days left 3 transfer deals Nottingham Forest need to be considering as deadline approaches

After losing his first game in charge of Nottingham Forest, boss Martin O’Neill will be aware that it’s a big ask to get the Reds into the play-offs this season...

Nottingham Forest legend outlines the size of the task facing Martin O’Neill

Former Nottingham Forest defender Kenny Burns reckons Martin O’Neill will be aware of what a tough challenge he has at the City Ground after their disappointing defeat to Bristol City last time out...

‘This is the perfect decision’ – Rangers set to keep defender: Opinion

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall will remain on loan at Rangers until the summer, as Forest missed their chance to recall the on-loan central defender, it has been reported in The Scottish Sun...

‘He can be a star at the City Ground’ – The future of Nottingham Forest man: Opinion

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill may only have been in post for 24 hours, but he could already be looking at making his first decision about his squad by recalling Joe Worrall from his loan spell at Rangers, as reported in the Nottingham Post...

The Scotsman · Feb 12

Cruel’ Valencia loss still vivid for former Celtic star Tom Boyd

Tom Boyd was still officially club captain of Celtic when they last met Valencia in European competition, although he wryly recalls he had effectively been reduced in status to Martin O’Neill’s tea boy by that stage of his career...

The Scotsman · Feb 12

Martin O’Neill, Yaya Toure

I remember John Robertson crossing for Trevor Francis in Munich in 1979 and a year later, Robbo scoring against Hamburg Madrid.

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