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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The Celtic Star · Nov 19

‘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.

The Celtic Star · Nov 19
The Celtic Star · Nov 15

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.

The Celtic Star · Nov 15
The Dugout · Nov 8

BYRON: Gladiator Celts conquer Roman empire

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

The Dugout · Nov 8

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...

Daily Record · Oct 15

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...

Daily Record · Oct 15

‘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.

Evening Times · Oct 2

Martin O’Neill thought Celtic star Petrov was masseur at first meeting – as he was so overweight

Celtic hero Stiliyan Petrov has revealed former manager Martin O’Neill thought he was the MASSEUR when he joined the club – because the midfielder was so overweight...

Evening Times · Oct 2
ACSOM · Aug 29

Colin Watt with A Celtic State of Mind – Henrik Larsson moments: That chip

Sunday, 27 August 2000 is a day that lives long in the memory of every Celtic fan around the world.

ACSOM · Aug 29

Si Ferry Meets. Craig Beattie | Martin O’Neill, Celtic Days, Hearts Cup Hero, Swansea, Travels

This week Simon is joined by former Celtic, Hearts, West Brom, Swansea & Scotland striker, Craig Beattie as he talks through his career which involves stories with the likes of Edgar Davids, Gordon Strachan, Martin O’Neill, Tommy Gravesen and Brendan Rodgers...

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.

Relentless Forrest a blast from O’Neill era

James Forrest’s cross for Odsonne Edouard’s equaliser yesterday was like a goal from the Martin O’Neill era, when so much of our play was about getting crosses to drop in front of goal.

Celts Are Here · Nov 12

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...

Celts Are Here · Nov 12
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