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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Are we heading for another summer of discontent?

Another summer, another Champions League exit. Celtic are fast becoming a club who can no longer compete in Europe’s premier club competition.

The Celtic Star · Aug 11

Henrik’s Cup Final hat-trick, Martin’s his first Celtic trophy

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

The Celtic Star · Aug 11
VideoCelts · Aug 2

Daily Record ignores Smith, Knox and Ferguson as they highlight ‘Celtic Tax Case’

Companies House records show Lawwell and former manager Martin O’Neill became members of Ingenious’s Inside Track 3 LLP in 2004...

VideoCelts · Aug 2

Lenny Is Right. Martin O’Neill Had His Time At Celtic. I Am Happy To Remember Him As He Was.

I was glad, today, when Neil Lennon dismissed the suggestion that we might see a return to the club for Martin O’Neill.

EatSleepSport · Jul 4

Lennon dismisses talk of O’Neill return

Neil Lennon has played down speculation linking former Celtic manager Martin O’Neill with a return to the club...

EatSleepSport · Jul 4
FootballFanCast · Jun 18

“It truly took me aback” – Celtic icon O’Neill shocked by one thing about Neil Lennon

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill couldn’t get his head around the reaction to Neil Lennon’s appointment as Celtic boss...

FootballFanCast · Jun 18
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
Scotzine · Aug 9


NEIL LENNON revealed he had some words of advice for Kieran Tierney after his £25million move to Arsenal was completed just before yesterday’s English transfer deadline...

Scotzine · Aug 9

Neil Lennon’s Brilliant Response to Martin O’Neill Question

NEIL LENNON has had to field so many questions this summer, you could forgive the Irishman for becoming a bit disgruntled with some of the sillier things asked of him...

Martin O’Neill: what went right?

If there is a hierarchy of Celtic royalty – those most of us would feel nervous in front of, Martin O’Neill is sitting on the throne.

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