Martin O'Neill

Celtic hero 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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Last Night’s Tactical Changes Were Brilliant. Lennon Must Continue With The Two Men Up Front.

For the second game in a row, let’s talk tactics.

ACSOM · Jan 7

A Celtic State of Mind – LIVE dates for 2020 including Martin O’Neill, Brian McClair, Chris Sutton, John Hartson & Danny McGrain

Paul John Dykes has interviewed some of Celtic’s greatest icons, including Kenny Dalglish, Danny McGrain, George Connelly, Bertie Auld, Bobby Lennox and Neil Lennon...

ACSOM · Dec 23, 2019

Kevin Graham with A Celtic State of Mind – The Irishmen

Martin O’Neill sat at the large round table, alone.

67HailHail · Dec 18, 2019

Chris Sutton ‘would have run through a wall’ for senior Celtic man

Celtic hero Chris Sutton has hailed the influence of his former Hoops manager Martin O’Neill on his career.

67HailHail · Dec 17, 2019

‘I knew’ – Celtic attacker shares memories of legendary derby win

Celtic’s Bobby Petta made his name in the Hoops in the legendary derby win.

The Football Show · Dec 13, 2019

PLZ Football Podcast – Episode 5 – Tommy Johnson reveals failed Rangers move

Peter and Roughie are joined by Darren Jackson and special guest Tommy Johnson as he lets slip he almost signed for Rangers before winning the league for Celtic, reveals his run-ins with Liverpool hero John Barnes and names the Footloose actor who would play him in a movie of his life.

67HailHail · Dec 12, 2019

Report: Former Celtic hero McGeady is in hot water; transfer listed ahead of January

Former Celtic favourite Aiden McGeady is embroiled in controversy at Sunderland, with local paper The Echo reporting today that he has been told he can leave the club in January...

Celtic Quick News · Dec 6, 2019

‘Serial Loser’: Sutton Brands Tavernier

CHRIS SUTTON has branded Ibrox skipper James Tavernier a “serial loser”.

Celtic Quick News · Nov 27, 2019

‘Brilliant’: Calmac’s Verdict on Lenny

CELTIC are just one win away from making European history.

VideoCelts · Nov 25, 2019

Sutton turns back the clock after lunchtime in Hamilton appointment

The former Chelsea striker was signed in pre-season by Martin O’Neill and instantly formed a lethal partnership with Henrik Larsson with that duo scoring the goals that won the opening match of the season away to Dundee United...

Celtic Fanzine · Nov 21, 2019

Alan Thompson – A Left Foot Like A Wand

Alan Thompson will be our guest at Malones, Glasgow on Friday night as we continue our Evenings with players who made a major impact during their time at the club.

The Celtic Star · Nov 19, 2019

‘He meant that in a metaphorical sense,’ Martin O’Neill on Dermot Desmond’s Celtic Proposition

MARTIN O’NEILL has revealed how Celtic convinced him to leave Leicester and set about turning Celtic back into a force in Europe and dominating in Scotland.

Daily Record · Nov 18, 2019

Dermot Desmond’s 10 word Celtic sales pitch to Martin O’Neill as he persuaded legendary gaffer to leave Leicester City

The Celtic supremo told treble winning boss exactly what he wanted to hear...

The Celtic Star · Nov 15, 2019

United Glasgow Striker on Martin O’Neill, Henrik and Callum McGregor

TODAY we are delighted to be joined by United Glasgow’s Star striker Erin Lavelle who talks to us about all things Celtic and United Glasgow FC.

Celts Are Here · Nov 12, 2019

Roy Keane Waiting on ‘Right Offer’ After Famously Turning Down Celtic Job – Bemoans ‘Player Power’

Manchester Utd legend and former Celtic midfielder Roy Keane has told the Irish Independent he is looking for an opportunity to get back into management after stints as assistant with Paul Lambert at Aston Villa and Martin O’Neill with Ireland...

The Dugout · Nov 8, 2019

BYRON: Gladiator Celts conquer Roman empire

Seven years to the day Celtic beat Barcelona 2-1, and now, they have overcome Italian giants Lazio.

A Celtic State of Mind · Oct 28, 2019

Kevin McGuire with A Celtic State of Mind

A Celtic State of Mind was named as the UK’s Best Football Podcast at the prestigious Football Blogging Awards...

Football League World · Oct 28, 2019

Alex Milosevic sends passionate message to Nottingham Forest fans as departure confirmed

Alex Milosevic has thanked Nottingham Forest’s supporters for the way they took to him after his City Ground exit was surprisingly confirmed this afternoon.

Daily Record · Oct 15, 2019

Inside Celtic’s galvanising English takeover and the David Beckham slap down that fuelled Seville run

Martin O’Neill reinvigorated a support that believed anything was possible under his stewardship and the belief factor soared after a trio of English encounters...

The Celtic Star · Oct 2, 2019

‘Fat Bhoy’ Petrov’s Celtic Revelations on Collymore’s Podcast

STAN PETROV was so over weight he was put on a six week crash diet to safeguard his place in the Celtic squad of new manager Martin O’Neill.

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