‘We will see what happens’ – Celtic candidate won’t rule out switch to Parkhead

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has said that Celtic would be a “fantastic job” amid links with a move to Glasgow.

The 46 year old stated, however, that he is committed to focusing on this summer’s European Championships and would not be drawn on whether he would be interested in the job after the tournament.

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O’Neill told the Scottish Sun that he will commit himself to the Northern Ireland job and then see what happens after the Championships in France are finished:

“There have been a number of names linked with that job and it is a fantastic job. But I felt the right thing for me to do was to commit to NI leading into the finals to take that speculation away.I don’t think it would be possible for me to have something like that in the back of my mind and be focused on making sure we do well.

“It’s been 30 years since we’ve been there so I want it to be a positive experience for me, for the country, for everyone.If we can perform well hopefully it will enhance my reputation and we will see what happens after that.”

Northern Ireland face world champions Germany, Poland and Ukraine in the group stages.

If they manage to get out of their group against such tough opposition, O’Neill will no doubt be a prime candidate to replace Ronny Deila at Celtic Park.

The only issue is that the Bhoys will want a manager in place to prepare for the Champions League qualifiers in mid-July.

O’Neill’s commitments to Northern Ireland mean he will only speak to Celtic after the tournament, and by that time, the Scottish club may want to have a manager already in place.