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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67HailHail · Jun 18

Former Celtic manager’s latest comments suggest he’s a little out of touch

Former Celtic manager Martin O’Neill reckons that the improvement in Rangers over the past year could be good for Celtic.

67HailHail · Jun 18
67HailHail · Jun 18

Club icon expresses his dismay at reaction to Celtic appointment of key man

Celtic icon Martin O’Neill has admitted that the reaction in some quarters to the appointment of Neil Lennon as the next Hoops boss has left him dismayed.

67HailHail · Jun 18
The Celtic Star · Jun 18

‘Dominant Force’ Celtic right to appoint ‘outstanding candidate’ says Martin O’Neill

CELTIC legend Martin O’Neill has spoken about being shocked to learn that Neil Lennon was being criticised and was not a popular choice among sections of the Celtic support to replace Brendan Rodgers as permanent Celtic manager...

The Celtic Star · Jun 18
Celts Are Here · Jun 18

Club Legend Shocked by Reaction to Celtic Decision

It has been a long time since Martin O’Neill has been in the loop with Celtic with the former Celtic manager nearly gone from his post 15 years at this point...

Celts Are Here · Jun 18
Daily Record · Jun 17

How Rangers can help Celtic become a force in Europe again

Martin O’Neill reckons there’s positive signs for his old side – and Scottish football...

Daily Record · Jun 17

Former Nottingham Forest favourite has dig at Bristol City after speculation surrounding winger

Former Nottingham Forest player Kenny Burns claims that supposed Reds target Callum O’Dowda wants to join the club after his comments praising Martin O’Neill.

Daily Mail · Jun 5

Celtic announce plans to redevelop Barrowfield training base

Bought in 1959, Barrowfield was where Celtic greats from Jock Stein and his Lisbon Lions to Martin O’Neill’s treble-winners of the early 2000s limbered up until the club moved in 2007...

Daily Mail · Jun 5
Celts Are Here · May 28

Neil Lennon the Model? The Hilarious Lost Photos of the Celtic Boss

NEIL LENNON hasn’t been confirmed as the Celtic boss yet and if he decides not to take the job maybe he can take up modelling again!

Celts Are Here · May 28
Evening Times · May 23

How Brendan Rodgers, Martin O’Neill and Gordon Strachan are aiding Neil Lennon’s treble treble bid

NEIL Lennon has amassed a wealth of experience as a manager since he first stepped into the dugout at Celtic nine years ago and enjoyed a fair degree of success to boot...

Evening Times · May 23
Herald Scotland · May 23

How Brendan Rodgers, Martin O’Neill and Gordon Strachan are aiding Neil Lennon’s treble treble bid

NEIL Lennon has amassed a wealth of experience as a manager since he first stepped into the dugout at Celtic nine years ago and enjoyed a fair degree of success to boot...

Herald Scotland · May 23
Daily Record · May 12

Celtic boss Neil Lennon reveals Martin O’Neill lesson which taught him to stay disciplined in derby heat

The pair enjoyed a lot of success together but O’Neill once came down on Lennon like a ton of bricks – and it stayed with him...

Daily Record · May 12

The thing about negativity is that it’s contagious, so why are we Whinging?

NOT even after the infamous ‘Black Sunday’ or as they called it, ‘Helicopter Sunday’ and the imminent departure of Martin O’Neill did I encounter so much negativity surrounding our club by our own fans.

Si Ferry Meets. Steven Fletcher | Making a Name at Hibs, EPL Days w/ Burnley, Wolves & Sunderland

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