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 · Nov 29

Celtic’s League Cup Wins, No.12: Henrik’s hat-trick

If Celtic were on their knees in 2000, they were certainly back on their feet and up fighting by 2001.

The Celtic Star · Nov 29
Celts Are Here · Nov 27

Former Celtic Striker Left Speechless After Parkhead Boss Berated Him

JOHN HARSTON has spoken of the day Martin O’Neill berated him so much the player fell out with the Irishman...

Celts Are Here · Nov 27
Talking Baws · Nov 28

Claudio Caniggia Reveals Celtic Tried to Sign Him Before He Joined Rangers

Argentine legend Claudio Caniggia has revealed he was approached by Celtic before deciding to join Rangers from Dundee back in 2001...

Talking Baws · Nov 28
The Celtic Star · Nov 26

Irish Irony as Big Mick McCarthy is back in charge after Roy Keane’s exit

FORMER Celtic star Mick McCarthy today agreed a 2 year contract to return to his old job as Republic of Ireland manager and he has taken Robbie Keane with him as coach alongside Terry Connor...

The Celtic Star · Nov 26

Neil Lennon ‘flattered’ by Republic of Ireland link

The Hibs and former Celtic boss is behind Mick McCarthy and Stephen Kenny in the pecking order to succeed Martin O’Neill...

The Scotsman · Nov 22

Ex-Hibs defender blasts Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland management

Former Hibs defender Matt Doherty has slammed Martin O’Neill’s approach to coaching, barely a day after the ex-Celtic manager stepped down from his role as Republic of Ireland manager...

The Scotsman · Nov 22
The Celtic Star · Nov 21

Martin 0’Neill leaves Republic of Ireland job by mutual consent

FORMER CELTIC manager Martin O’Neill, his assistant Roy Keane and the rest of his backroom staff have today parted company with the Republic of Ireland.

The Celtic Star · Nov 21

Indian Summers – Dion Dublin

When Gordon Strachan took over as Celtic manager in the summer 0f 2005, there was no doubt that he would stamp his authority over team matters by getting rid of some of Martin O’Neill’s old guard...

How the devilishly talented Shunsuke Nakamura became a Celtic legend

Despite its relative success, it’s fair to say that Celtic fans don’t look back as fondly on Gordon Strachan’s stint as manager as they do on Martin O’Neill’s five-year tenure.

VideoCelts · Nov 4

Sutton puts media troll Savage back in his box

As a player the only winners medal was when Leicester beat Tranmere Rovers to win the 2000 League Cup, a couple of months later manager Martin O’Neill quit to join Celtic...

VideoCelts · Nov 4

History Bhoys: Martin O’Neill: Part Five

ON Saturday, May 26 2001, the sun beamed brightly on Hampden and Martin O’Neill as he brought down the curtain on his history-equalling first season as Celtic manager...

Daily Record · Nov 3

I hit Celtic hero Bobo Balde so hard but he didn’t move – Chris Sutton recalls how he saved Stiliyan Petrov

The legendary Hoops star talks to Keith Jackson about his Chelsea mistake and the winning mentality forged under Martin O’Neill...

Daily Record · Nov 3
Celts Are Here · Oct 31

Celtic Flop Opens Up About Failed Parkhead Loan Deal

Not everyone will remember but during a transitional period at Celtic when Gordon Strachan first took over the reigns back in 2005, there was a lot of upheaval.

Celts Are Here · Oct 31

History Bhoys: Martin O’Neill: Part Four

MARTIN O’NEILL was one triumph away from his first silverware success as Celtic manager when the Hoops faced Kilmarnock in the League Cup Final at Hampden on March 18, 2001...

Talking Baws · Nov 21

Plenty of Fans Want Neil Lennon as the New Republic of Ireland Manager

The Republic of Ireland are looking for a new manager this afternoon, and plenty of supporters are tipping Neil Lennon as the perfect man to take over...

Talking Baws · Nov 21
VideoCelts · Nov 14

Sutton trolls loser Souness

Martin O’Neill’s side wasn’t short of big characters, Neil Lennon, Alan Thompson, Bobo Balde and Chris Sutton never struggled for motivation...

VideoCelts · Nov 14

History Bhoys: Martin O’Neill: Part Three

MARTIN O’NEILL stormed through his first Premier League campaign as Celtic manager by guiding the team to the title with a total of 97 points – FIFTEEN ahead of also-rans Rangers...

History Bhoys: Martin O’Neill: Part Two

MARTIN O’NEILL wasn’t slow to splash the cash as he made his entrance at Celtic in preparation for the 2000/01 campaign.

History Bhoys: Martin O’Neill: Part One

CELTIC had to do something dramatic to force their way out of a painful downward spiral – enter Martin O’Neill in the summer of 2000...

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