Celtic Park - the new home of Michael O'Neill?

Celtic are seriously considering a move for Stoke City manager and former Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill, after the resignation of Neil Lennon late last month.

The 51-year-old has previously been offered the job before the arrival of Brendan Rodgers back in 2016.

However, given his current situation in the Championship he is back on the Hoops’s radar once again.

According to numerous reports, it is being suggested that the Northern Irishman would be right at the top of the list for Celtic if they get an indication that the 51-year-old is interested.

The Glasgow side have always looked to try and appoint managers who know the Scottish Premiership and Michael O’Neill would defiantly fit that criteria.

As a player, he had spells with the likes of Hibernian, Dundee United and Aberdeen, before stepping into the managerial world with Brechin City in 2006. 

O’Neill took over at the helm of Stoke City back in November 2019 and the Northern Irishman has steadied the sinking ship, which at one point looked destined for League One football.

However, it’s being reported around that O’Neill is having to operate with one arm tied behind his back and this is reportedly causing friction with the Stoke hierarchy.

Stoke have so many players coming to the end of their contract this summer and after a bright start to the season and looking like they will be up and around the play-off picture come May, O’Neill’s side have slipped away over the last couple of months and now sit in mid-table 10 points of 6th place.

If Celtic are genuinely interested in O’Neill, then this could be a way out for the 51-year-old and maybe with more financial banking and support he may be able to show what a good manager he is.

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